When dozens of migrants attempted to cross the border illegally and began hurling rocks at U.S. Border Patrol Agents, the agents had little choice but to employ tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Members of the "migrant caravan" now camped out in Tijuana, Mexico, just across the border from San Diego, California, told MSNBC late Tuesday that they were told making entrance into the United States would be much easier and that they're ready to make the long journey back home.
President Trump threatened to "permanently" close key sections of the US-Mexico border earlier this week should the crisis continue to escalate. "The truth is we are fighting for our rights", said one of the migrants, Gerson Madrid, a 22-year-old Honduran who started the trek to the United States in early October to better provide for a young daughter he left behind.
Videgaray, who leaves office this weekend, said the incoming Mexican government was also not planning to accept US demands that it give asylum to the thousands of migrants who have arrived on the US-Mexican border in caravans in recent weeks, Reuters reported.
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That didn't turn out to be the case; it appears numerous members of the "migrant caravan" were sold a bill of goods, and are just coming to realize that crossing the border will be much more hard than they imagined, particularly in light of the weekend's violence.
Overcrowding along with cooler temperatures and rain has already helped spread illness among migrants, including flu-like sicknesses, lice and chicken pox, according to city officials who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
"They are in Mexico, waiting to file for [US] asylum". -Mexican border if Mexico does not deport those gathered in Tijuana. The more violent the confrontations, some feel, the less likely the USA government will look kindly on their plight. "Being in Mexico does not mean they lose their ability, their right to request asylum", he added.