Over the weekend, violent clashes occurred as the United States attempted to stem the flow of people crossing into the country.
US Customs and Border Protection closed road and pedestrian bridges on Sunday at the San Ysidro port of entry, one of the largest land border crossings between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.
Like other federal law enforcement officers, Border Patrol agents are allowed to use force if they think they are under attack.
"[CBP] effectively managed an extremely risky situation involving over 1,000 individuals who sought to enter the USA unlawfully in large groups".
The US Government has defended its response to use tear gas after left-wing critics in the country said it was an over-the-top response.
U.S. authorities said on Monday that 42 people had been arrested for illegal crossing on the USA side of the border.
"What I saw on the border yesterday was not people walking up to border control agents and asking to seek asylum", Scott said.
Most of the migrants stumbled back into camp in the northwestern Mexican city of Tijuana, dirty, scared and with ripped clothes. There can be no disagreement when it comes to firing tear gas on innocent families.
Image A migrant family runs from tear gas released by US border patrol
Irineo Mujica, who has accompanied the migrants for weeks as part of the aid group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said the aim of Sunday's march toward the US border was to make the migrants' plight more visible to the governments of Mexico and the U.S.
However Mr Trump, the United States president, and government agencies involved defended the response and insisted on the need to secure the border with Mexico.
He said he understands that the migrants want to be part of the United States, "but there's a legal way to do it".
Many hope to apply for asylum in the USA but agents at the San Ysidro entry point are processing fewer than 100 asylum petitions a day.
Tyler Q. Houlton, a spokesman for U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which oversees U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on November 26 tweeted that CBP "has always maintained the right to responsibly protect themselves from those wishing to cause them harm while they do their important and risky jobs".
Mexico's National Institute of Migration Commissioner Gerardo Garcia confirmed the 98 arrests on his country's side, saying there were "instigators" in the migrant caravan pushing people to illegally cross the border. Democrats and even some lawmakers in Trump's own party have resisted his calls to fund his proposed border wall. He questioned why parents were approaching the border with children at all, suggesting that some of the adults "grabbed" children to better their chances of entering the US.
Around 500 men, women and children, part of a caravan of roughly 5,000 mainly Hondurans who have been trekking towards the United States for weeks, scrambled over a rusted metal fence and surged into a concrete riverbed towards San Diego on Sunday.
According to the Times, the border crossing reopened Sunday night.
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