U.S. fires tear gas at migrants protesting near Mexico border

San Ysidro border crossing closed for hours; U.S. officials fire tear gas at migrants

For great visual effect a migrant pushes a child in a baby stroller past a cordon of riot police as he joins a small group trying to cross the border in Tijuana, Mexico. (Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press)

U.S. border officials closed a busy crossing on the Mexican border for several hours on Sunday after hundreds of Central American migrants staged a protest there. Hundreds of migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S. rushed past a blockade of Mexican police toward the crossing, which joins the Mexican border city of Tijuana and San Diego, California, and is one of the world’s busiest border entry points.

“We are not criminals! We are international workers!” migrants chanted, some holding hand-painted U.S. and Honduran flags.

Border Patrol authorities reportedly fired a shot and launched tear gas over the border to deter the crowd, which included mothers and children.

None of the migrants crossed the border.

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