About 100 people threw rocks and bottles at U.S. Border Patrol agents while trying to enter the U.S. illegally on Sunday in the Tijuana River channel, near San Ysidro, Calif.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agents ordered the illegal immigrants to stop and fired pepper spray, but they continued walking into the U.S. (video below).
“They had their phones out so this group was out to spark an incident," Border Patrol Union Rep. Gabriel Pacheco told NBC San Diego. "That's what they wanted to do."
The group tried to cross in broad daylight at one of the most heavily guarded areas on the US-Mexico border, which was unusual.
Pacheco added that Border Patrol agents were outnumbered by the “unruly” crowd and one agent was hit in the head with a water bottle.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that agents used “intermediate use-of-force” devices to push the crowd back over to the Mexico side.
“It was extremely unusual,” Border Patrol Spokesman Timothy Hamill told the Los Angeles Times. “It was dangerous, very dangerous.”
“While attacks on Border Patrol agents are not uncommon, the agents showed great restraint when faced with the dangers of this unusually large group,” added Border Patrol Agent Paul Beeson.
Sources: NBC San Diego and Los Angeles Times