Police use tear gas on migrants at U.S. border

Elias Hubbard
November 27, 2018

Mexico has no intention of deploying its troops to curb the influx of migrants arriving at the country's border with the United States, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Numerous migrants had gathered earlier in the day to protest against being forced to stay in Tijuana instead of being allowed to cross and seek asylum in the US. A federal judge has at least temporarily ruled against the policy, but the administration has taken steps to harden the border.

Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday that it "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". "We want to see if they'll give us permission to go to the USA", she said.

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

The missive came after a chaotic Sunday that saw hundreds of migrants from a caravan that originated in Central American pushing past Mexican riot police and rushing the border at the port of entry in San Ysidro, Calif., in a major test for both USA border authorities and Mexican officials. San Ysidro is the largest land border crossings between the San Diego and Tijuana.

It announced that the crossing in southern California was re-opened in a series of tweets, saying that first pedestrian access was resumed, followed by vehicle traffic. The port was eventually reopened following hours of closure during the conflict.

In both cases, the gas canisters that were fired landed on the USA side of the border, but the gas carried into Mexico. "Those persons were stopped and turned back to Mexico". Border security officers used tear gas to disperse the migrants.

Police use tear gas on migrants at U.S. border
Police use tear gas on migrants at U.S. border

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said: "Migrants attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm Customs and Border Protection personnel by throwing projectiles at them".

Hundreds of migrants, mostly men, made a dash for the border fence and tried to climb over, officials said. Around 2,000 migrants have agreed to return to their countries of origin with the help of the Mexican authorities.

The situation Sunday was not unprecedented.

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 USA and Mexico each day.

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.

But the meeting of the incoming administration officials in Mexico City to discuss a response was derailed by the chaotic events along the Ysidro border crossing. The legal bar for claiming asylum is high and generally requires applicants to show a specific risk of persecution based on factors such as race, nationality, politics or religion.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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