US will not prosecute migrants arrested in border clash: report

The U.S. will not prosecute any of the 42 migrants arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border following a Sunday clash that ended with border agents firing tear gas into Mexico, the Associated Press reported on Thursday

The chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector, Rodney Scott, told the AP that Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) did not bring criminal charges against any migrants for various reasons, including because the agency did not have enough information some of their identities, or because many were children and their parents.


Scott said 27 of those arrested were men, while the rest were women and children.

Tensions escalated at the Southern border on Sunday as dozens of migrants were arrested for trying to breach the fence between Tijuana and California.

The migrants are part of the widely-publicized "caravan" that includes thousands of people seeking refuge from poverty and violence in their home country.

Members of the caravan are camped out in squalid conditions a a Tijuana sports stadium as they wait for CBP to process their asylum claims. A group of a few hundred migrants held a peaceful demonstration urging U.S. agents to process the claim more quickly in Tijuana on Sunday, but it got out of hand when a group broke off and headed towards the border. 

U.S. agents at that point closed down the border's busiest port of entry and eventually fired tear gas and some rubber bullets at the group of migrants at the border wall. 

CBP sources said the agency referred two cases to the Justice Department for prosecution, but the charges were ultimately not filed due to medical problems the accused was experiencing, the AP reported.

Other adults did not face prosecution because CBP did not have enough information, including the identity of the officers who arrested them, according to the CBP sources. 

Many of the others who were arrested were children or parents of children. President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE amid intense pressure in June signed an executive order ending his administration's practice of separating families at the border.

President Trump has been seizing on the migrant caravan with hostility, requesting the deployment of more than 5,000 troops at the border and signing a proclamation that would prevent some of its members from claiming asylum.

Some have accused Trump of invoking the caravan in order to stoke anti-immigrant and xenophobic fears among his base. He focused in on it ahead of Election Day in particular, calling the midterms the "election of the caravan" in order to encourage GOP voters to hit the polls.