U.S. shuts Mexico border post as migrants try to cross

Saul Bowman
November 26, 2018

But more than 5,000 migrants have been camping out in Tijuana, a Mexican city that is situated just south of the border.

Some Central American migrants, mostly men, tried to breach the border crossing between Tijuana, Mexico, and California on Sunday, after pushing past a blockade of Mexican police standing guard near the worldwide border crossing in a bid to pressure the U.S to hear their asylum claims.

As of this weekend, about 5,000 migrants are in Tijuana waiting to enter the USA with majority planning to claim asylum. "We will get work here", she said.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement that "President Trump has developed a strong relationship with the incoming Obrador administration, and we look forward to working with them on a wide range of issues".

After a trek of more than a month from Honduras, almost 5,000 migrants - including women and children - are now in Tijuana living in a makeshift shelter.

U.S. Border Patrol agents helped the woman and called paramedics, who took her to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, reported KNSD.

Several hundred made it over the first barrier and were trying to cross a second - topped with spikes - when US border officers began firing tear gas at the group, even as US Army helicopters flew low overhead, according to an AFP journalist on the scene.

A few dozen Mexican police with plastic riot shields stopped the migrants well ahead of the crossing on Sunday.

That line of police installed tall steel panels behind them outside the Chaparral crossing on the Mexican side of the border, which completely blocked incoming traffic lanes to Mexico.

We demand freedom for incarcerated migrants now and free movement for asylum seekers.

The mayor of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city and says that he has asked the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5000 Central American migrants who have arrived in the city.

Mr Trump tweeted on Saturday that migrants at the US-Mexico border would stay in Mexico until their asylum claims were individually approved in US courts, but Mexico's incoming government denied they had struck any deal.

US officials have said for months that they were working with Mexico to find solutions for what they have called a border crisis. President Enrique Pena Nieto offered thousands of Central Americans asylum on October 26 if they agreed to remain in southern Mexico.

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