US arrests 69 migrants who crossed border illegally, top official says

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Dozens of migrants who illegally crossed the U.S. border this weekend as part of a chaotic rush at one of the boundary’s busiest entry points are now in custody, the
U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner says.

Kevin K. McAleenan announced in a conference call with reporters Monday that at least 69 people have been detained after they crossed the border near San Ysidro, Calif., on Sunday. McAleenan added that he is not aware of any that managed to cross and evade capture by U.S. authorities.

In Mexico, Tijuana’s municipal government also announced it arrested more than three-dozen migrants for disturbing the peace and other charges related to the crossing attempt. Thousands of migrants have been gathering there after traveling throughout Mexico in a series of caravans that originated from Central America — and presumably are amongst those who were arrested on both sides of the border.

During the mad dash, U.S. border agents shot several rounds of tear gas after some migrants attempted to penetrate various points along the border. McAleenan said Monday that four agents were hit by rocks thrown by the unruly group. – READ MORE

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