Mexico vows to deport United States border-rushers

Saul Bowman
November 27, 2018

On Saturday, Mr. Trump also tweeted that migrants attempting to apply for asylum at the southern border will not be allowed to stay in the USA and will instead have to wait in Mexico while their claims are being processed.

Mexico, for its part, has deployed riot police to maintain calm, as well as implemented measures to stop migrants walking near to the border area.

MA politicians have reacted with horror and condemnation to the photos of migrant women and children fleeing from tear gas fired by USA border agents near Tijuana, Mexico, on Sunday.

The journey of the so-called migrant caravan reached a head over the weekend as the US closed, and then reopened, a busy border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego, and Mexico announced the deportation of a number of the migrants.

At that point, before the group had reached the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protest officers who had gathered on the other side of the fence launched canisters of what a Reuters photographer identified as tear gas.

Mr McAleenan added: "As the events unfolded, quick, decisive and effective action prevented an extremely risky situation".

Sunday, Central American migrants, mostly men, tried to breach the border crossing, but Provost said the tear gas was sacked after the migrants threw bottles and rocks at the guards, not because of the act of them trying to come across the border.

By doing so, "within a couple days or a week", Cabrera said, "we would see a much smaller number of people actually claiming asylum". Reuters photographer Kim Kyung-Hoon shot the photos, which provoked outrage and seemed at odds with President Donald Trump's portrayal of the caravan migrants as "criminals" and "gang members".

Mexico after being hit by tear gas by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after attempting to illegally cross the border wall into the United States in Tijuana Mexico Nov.25 2018
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Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott told CNN "numerous" people had made it across the border on Sunday, adding that most of those who were detained were men.

On Monday, pedestrian crossings were suspended at the San Ysidro port of entry at both the east and west facilities, and all northbound and southbound traffic was halted.

The clash between the migrant caravan and US authorities along the Mexican border in recent days highlights a contentious topic in the immigration debate: asylum laws.

The Trump administration has said asylum claims from members of a series of caravans originating in Central America must be processed outside the US, and that all those entering illegally will be denied. "Congress, fund the WALL!". They were joined at Sunday's march by the National Immigrant Justice Center, which has been at the forefront of challenging Trump Administration policies on detaining asylum seeking families together until they can be processed.

Lurbin Sarmiento, 26, of Copan, Honduras, said she had been with her 4-year-old daughter at a concrete riverbed, which had a trickle of water from the Tijuana River, when USA agents fired the gas. McAleenan said he was not aware of any successful illegal entries by caravan members into the US.

More than 5,000 migrants are now residing in the border city of Tijuana, according to reports, which has drawn the ire of the mayor.

McAleenan said individuals breached the border fence to the east of San Ysidro and some went west and sought to enter through the Tijuana River channel.

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