'We will close the border permanently'

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Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, briefs the media on election interference, at the White House, on August 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Nielsen has said that the U.S. will not tolerate any "lawlessness" at the U.S. -Mexico border.

The ministry said Mexico is committed to protecting the human rights and security of the migrants and reiterated that tight cooperation was needed to deal with the migrant situation "with a focus on shared responsibility".

As migrants tried to cross the border, authorities on the U.S. side used tear gas to disperse them.

The incident left many migrants feeling they had lost whatever possibility they might have had for making asylum cases.

"We were deluded into believing that we had already reached the United States, and that they would grant us asylum", Colon told AFP.

"We will close the Border permanently if need be", he added before calling on Congress to fund the controversial border wall.

"Mexico should move the flag-waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries", Trump said in an early morning tweet. Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans scrambled to reach the US border, catching rides on buses and trucks for hundreds of miles in the last leg of their journey Wednesday as the first sizable groups began arriving in the border city of Tijuana.

A migrant mother who was trying to illegally enter the United States while scaling a border fence fell off and was impaled. I observed as the migrants, pushing baby strollers and wheelchairs with their meager belongings on their backs, streamed across the Tijuana river to the Mexican immigration offices and through fences to neighboring train tracks.

Mexican government officials had no immediate response.

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An average of 70,000 vehicles and 20,000 pedestrians cross from Mexico to the United States at San Ysidro each day, according to the U.S. General Services Administration. Despite Trump's promise to protect Christians and their values, some suggested the president hasn't done a good job of defending the core Christian value of welcoming the stranger.

It was the latest chapter in a saga that has pitted Trump's tough immigration line against thousands of migrants who have made their way north through Mexico from violent and impoverished Central American countries.

Hundreds of people - including women and children - had been protesting and chanting "we aren't criminals!"

President Donald Trump said on Monday that the tear gas was "very safe".

It was not immediately clear whether those throwing objects at U.S. agents were part of the caravan, MSNBC reported.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, took umbrage to the outrage, questioning where the critics were when tear gas was deployed under Mr. Obama.

When they neared the second fence, U.S. border agents fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them as helicopters buzzed overhead.

The more people began running towards the border, the more joined them.

More than 5,000 migrants have been camped in and around a sports complex in Tijuana after making their way through Mexico in recent weeks via caravan. Under US and worldwide law, an unauthorized crossing is not grounds to block someone from claiming asylum; neither does it change limits on the appropriate use of force.

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