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Mom behind viral tear-gas photo breaks silence on border clash: I hope God will help me enter the US

The mother in the now-viral border photo speaks out about her experience during the clash with the U.S. Border Patrol agents Sunday at the U.S-Mexico border. (GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The woman behind the viral photo at Sunday's border clash has spoken out and voiced her fears over the incident.

On Sunday, the Trump administration ordered decisive action at the U.S.-Mexico border, sending U.S. Border Patrol agents to use tear gas to prevent migrants from breaching the U.S.-Mexico border at Tijuana.

What did the woman say?

In an interview with Buzzfeed News, 39-year-old Maria Meza — who is being housed at Tijuana’s Benito Juárez Stadium along with other caravan members — said that she thought she and her children would die because of the exposure to the tear gas.

"I brought five of my kids with me yesterday," Meza said during the interview.

"I felt sad, scared," she admitted. "I wanted to cry. That's when I grabbed my daughters and ran. I thought my kids were going to die with me because of the gas we inhaled."

The viral photo shows Meza and her two young daughters fleeing the gas from U.S. Border Patrol agents.

"I started running and we fell in the mud," she continued, "but when I wanted to rise and get up, I couldn't. Another guy grabbed me by the hand and helped me get up."

Meza added that she and her family are just like the U.S. Border Patrol agents: human beings.

"They have kids, too, and they should have thought about their own kids, just like they should've thought about ours," she said.

Meza said that she and her children were standing by the border fence — just looking, not attempting to cross — when agents reportedly launched at least three tear gas canisters at them.

“I hope God will help me enter [the U.S.] with these kids because we’re suffering,” she said. “I’m a single mother who wants to provide for my children.”

You can watch a video interview with Meza here.

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