Trump threatens to permanently close Mexico border after clashes

Trump threatens to permanently close Mexico border after clashes

The Mexican Interior Ministry said Sunday it would immediately deport the migrants who tried to "violently" breach the border. Meanwhile, Tijuana's municipal government said that more than three-dozen migrants were arrested for disturbing the peace and other charges stemming from the march and what followed.

A group of Central American migrants, mostly Hondurans, climb a metal barrier.

Lurbin Sarmiento, 26, of Copan, Honduras, walked back to the sports complex with her 4-year-old daughter shaken from what had unfolded a short time earlier at the Tijuana River and US border.

The planned demonstrations on both sides of the border prompted CBP to deploy extra personnel to the border crossing, the agency said.

Needless to say, it's an intense scene.

She said she never would have gotten that close with her daughter if she thought there would be gas.

After the gas had cleared, Mexican federal police officers then pushed back the protesters from the area of the train crossing.

After clashes near the official port of entry yesterday, it was quickly closed in both directions by border agents, an unusual move at the end of a busy holiday weekend. San Ysidro is the busiest USA land crossing, and authorities there now process about 100 asylum seekers per day.

In both cases, the gas canisters that were fired landed on the US side of the border, but the gas carried into Mexico.

Police, carrying anti-riot shields, then formed a new line and appeared to contain the rush of migrants 100 yards or more from the crossing.

"Families are frightened and soldiers are shooting tear gas at toddlers. Fumes were carried by the wind toward people who were hundreds of feet away".

Stephanie Leutert, director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, described the Remain in Mexico plan as a strategy to take away the ability of migrants to live and work in the US while cases are processed.




The incident took place at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry between Tijuana and San Diego, where tens of thousands of people cross between the us and Mexico each day. All northbound and southbound traffic was halted. Every day more than 100,000 people enter the USA there. He could not see from his position if the migrants had managed to get across the actual border.

"DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons".

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.

Trump signed a proclamation earlier this month to prevent anyone filing asylum claims except at legal ports of entry, but a federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked the order, pointing to "irreconcilable conflicts" with immigration law.

Meanwhile, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, took to Twitter to accuse critics of having to "really hate President Donald Trump to not understand the problems created by the caravans".

"We can't have all these people here", Mujica said.

President Trump offered Mexico some advice on deporting migrants massed in Tijuana and threatening to storm the USA, telling the neighboring nation in a tweet to send them "back to their countries" by plane or by bus - or face a permanent closure of the border.

Amnesty International said what happened Sunday was predictable after Trump ordered the troops to the border and said he told them that if a migrant throws a rock, "consider it a rifle". "Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the United States of America", the president said in a tweet.

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.

He also demanded that Congress fund his promised wall proposed for the border.

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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