Migrant caravan latest - Mexico demands 'FULL INVESTIGATION' into U.S. weapons use

Migrant caravan latest - Mexico demands 'FULL INVESTIGATION' into U.S. weapons use

"After being prevented from entering the Port of Entry, some of these migrants attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them", said Sec.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Customs and Border Patrol agents were struck by objects thrown by members of the group.

"As the events unfolded, quick, decisive and effective action prevented an extremely risky situation", he said.

President Trump threatened to permanently close the USA border with Mexico on Monday, saying he'll take the drastic action if members of a swelling migrant caravan are not deported back to their Central American homelands.

"Would be very SMART if Mexico would stop the Caravans long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form (it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S. No longer)", he wrote.

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.

The migrants involved in Sunday's incident were a fraction of a caravan of more than 5,000 that is now stuck in limbo in Tijuana.




"On the other side, unfortunately, I can not agree on the use of force, not even that type of force that is tear gas or rubber bullets", Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said.

"Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries", Trump said Monday on Twitter.

However Mr Trump, the U.S. president, and government agencies involved defended the response and insisted on the need to secure the border with Mexico.

The same tear gas agent that the Trump administration is taking heat for deploying against a border mob this weekend is actually used fairly frequently - including a few times a month during some years under President Obama, according to Homeland Security data. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers repelled them with a volley of canisters emitting large clouds of gas as U.S. and Mexican government helicopters clattered overhead. However, proponents of stricter immigration laws say that the asylum system is being abused by migrants, such as the people traveling in the recent caravans.

Mexico has been in negotiations with the United States over a possible plan to keep migrants in Mexico while their asylum claims are processed. One woman is seen running with her children, grasping the wrists of one child in each hand, at least one dressed in a diaper as they escape the tear gas. Democrats and even some lawmakers in Trump's own party have resisted his calls to fund his proposed border wall.

Mexico has begun taking steps to increase security near its border with the United States. Under US and global 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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