The border war began in earnest today as a “coalition” of social justice warriors and migrant advocacy groups organized a “show of force”, as the AP put it, to storm the point of entry at San Ysidro, California.
Carrying signs and chanting, the marchers from the southern side were stopped shy of the actual crossing by Mexican police in riot gear. On the northern side, they marched and chanted and carried the same signs. And they had a list of demands.
A group of migrants is getting ready to march towards a border crossing, they say this is a peaceful march and that they don’t want to cause any troubles #MigrantCaravan #Migration #Tijuana pic.twitter.com/VrqSV2Gohl
— Sofia Ortega (@Sofia_OA) November 25, 2018
It was intended to be peaceful, and the initial march was over fairly quickly. Inbound traffic from Mexico and outbound traffic to Mexico were halted entirely by border patrol on both sides. The way was shut.
But then things broke loose. After the organized march fell apart, migrants began storming the border, thrashing through the river, running full tilt, dragging children with them. Tear gas was released. And the situation is ongoing.
And all of it, caught on video and in photos shared on Twitter but barely blipping on the news.
Take a look:
Migrants with children now scrambling up railway siding trying to reach us border thru mountain pic.twitter.com/ZeEZ0NApIx— emma murphy (@emmamurphyitv) November 25, 2018
The Mexican federal police have shut down the border into Mexico - hundreds of riot police are lined up and no incoming cars are being allowed to enter from the US into Mexico pic.twitter.com/cNY0MZktAZ— Annie Rose Ramos (@Annie_Rose23) November 25, 2018
American helicopters fly over the border. We are told Mexico and the United States have temporarily given each other permission to fly 10km into each other’s territory. #MigrantCaravan pic.twitter.com/InIfGLAG73— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) November 25, 2018
Watching a livestream of hundreds of asylum seekers from the migrant caravan trying to cross my hometown’s Tijuana border with the US. It’s chaotic and I’m worried about a retaliatory approach by the US Government https://t.co/NP6XETLEzQ pic.twitter.com/sj3GXnejHg— Ricardo Menéndez (@RMarchNZ) November 25, 2018
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
A group of Central American migrants, mostly from Honduras, run along and try to cross the dry riverbed of the Tijuana River in an attempt to get to the El Chaparral port of entry, in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, near the US-Mexico border pic.twitter.com/0kKzt0fIsN— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 25, 2018
INVASION BEGINS: Caravan Migrants are putting women & children to the front and are trying to climb up the railway siding. They are now trying to reach the US border through the mountain area.— 𝕄𝔸𝔾𝔸🇺🇸🅟🅐🅣🅡🅘🅞🅣🇺🇸𝕊𝕋𝔼𝕍𝔼™️ (@RealMAGASteve) November 25, 2018
CBP has been spraying tear gas at the migrants to stop them.
WE WILL UPDATE THIS POST, STAY TUNED
Some pushing right to fence shouting “yes we can”. pic.twitter.com/m03bNX9LIk— emma murphy (@emmamurphyitv) November 25, 2018