SAN DIEGO — Border Patrol agents are firing tear gas and powerful pepper-spray weapons across the border into Mexico to repel what the agency says are an increasing number of attacks by assailants hurling rocks, bottles and bricks.
The counteroffensive has drawn complaints that innocent families are being caught in the crossfire.
"A neighbor shouted, 'Stop it! There are children living here," said Esther Arias Medina, 41, who on Wednesday fled her Tijuana, Mexico, shanty with her 3-week-old grandson after the infant began coughing from smoke that seeped through the walls.
A helmeted agent on the U.S. side said nothing as he stood with a rifle on top of a 10-foot border fence next to the three-room home that Arias shares with six others.
"We don't deserve this," Arias said. "The people who live here don't throw rocks. Those are people who come from the outside, but we're paying the price."
Then here's what you do, ma'am. Call your OWN police forces and report the lawbreakers. If they won't help, and we both know they most likely will not because you live in a land of lawlessness at all levels, then contact the American authorities and be placed upon a list of friendly foreigners who will tip off American agents when a crime is being committed. But stop complaining that you're caught in the crossfire of a war your people started. Attacking someone then bitching when they retaliate is pretty silly now isn't it.