Mexican and US authorities are pledging to prosecute those engaging in violence at the border, after a peaceful march in protest of long asylum processing times Sunday ended with a group of migrants breaking off and trying to cross and USA border patrol agents responding with tear gas. More police carrying plastic riot shields were on the other side, but migrants walked along the river to an area where only an earthen levee and concertina wire separated them from U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Our chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay and his team have been on the front line of the migrants' struggle to make it across.
Some of the migrants tried to breach the border fencing and "sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them", the statement said, referring to Customs and Border Patrol.
Authorities on the USA side used tear gas to disperse the would-be crossers, the journalists told CNN.
Trump is reportedly working on a deal with the Mexican government to keep migrants in Mexico while they await asylum claims, instead of allowing into the United States. Many residents of Tijuana work, study and visit the United States each day, and the border closures affect them, too, Juan Manuel Gastlum said on Twitter on Sunday.
Mexico's Interior Ministry said Sunday it would immediately deport those who tried to "violently" enter the USA from Tijuana.
Approximately 5,000 migrants reached Tijuana over the past week, after an exhausting trip of up to 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) covered in just over a month. Her daughter, Cristina, 7, cried as Customs and Border Protection helicopters circled overhead.
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Over 7,000 migrants from Central America are seeking asylum in the U.S., with 5,000 now being housed in a converted sports stadium in Mexico while they wait to apply for refugee status.
President Trump threatened Monday to close the southern border "permanently" unless Mexico sends asylum-seekers - many of whom he described as "stone cold criminals" - back to where they came from. "We want to see if they'll give us permission to go to the USA", she said.
"As I have continually stated, DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons", Nielsen said.
Trump has called on Mexico and countries farther to the south to take actions that would prevent such migrant caravans from ever reaching the USA border. "Congress, fund the WALL!" "There were many children who fainted". It announced the crossing was re-opened in a series of tweets, saying that first pedestrian access was resumed, followed by vehicle traffic.
Mexico doesn't want the migrants any more than the US does.
Mexico's Interior Ministry said Sunday the country has sent 11,000 Central Americans back to their countries of origin since October 19.
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