U.S. border agents began spraying tear gas at migrants attempting to breach a southern border crossing on Sunday, The Associated Press reported.
The Central American migrants were seeking to come through a border crossing between Tijuana and California, according to an AP reporter at the scene.
The incident happened shortly after the U.S. suspended pedestrian crossings at the San Ysidro port of entry, one of the busiest entry points between the U.S. and Mexico.
A migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, runs away from tear gas in front of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico.— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 25, 2018
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Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.
The migrants attempting to enter the country on Sunday are members of the so-called migrant caravan that has seized headlines in recent weeks, as reports emerged that the group consisted of thousands of Central American migrants heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border by foot. Most of the migrants are fleeing rampant violence and poverty in their home countries.
The AP reported that the breeze carried the tear gas from border agents "hundreds of yards," causing parents to run away with their "choking toddlers."
US Border Patrol has just launched tear gas into Mexico. Breeze carrying it hundreds of yards. Parents running away with choking toddlers. #migrantcaravan— Chris Sherman (@chrisshermanAP) November 25, 2018
Strong breeze carried US-launched teargas deeper into Mexico. Migrants ran for hundreds of yards before escaping the cloud. #migrantcaravan— Chris Sherman (@chrisshermanAP) November 25, 2018