Trump urges Mexico to send migrants home; 42 arrested

Trump urges Mexico to send migrants home; 42 arrested

Kerry Wise
November 27, 2018

U.S. Border Patrol agents were "being assaulted" when the decision was made to fire tear gas canisters at people trying to rush the U.S. -Mexico border in California Sunday, Border Patrol chief Carla Provost said Monday, while insisting a wall is needed to replace outdated fencing at the nation's busiest border crossing.

"They are NOT coming into the U.S.A.", Trump tweeted on Monday morning.

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters Monday that as many as 1,000 people that were part of a migrant caravan traveling through Central America and Mexico sought to enter the United States illegally.

"Entering our country illegally, particularly over our walls, is not only unsafe, but also very foolish", said Rodney Scott, San Diego's Chief Border Patrol Agent, according to KFMB.

In 2007, the Border Patrol said that agents were attacked almost 1,000 times over a one-year period, prompting them to use tear gas and pepper spray.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said it would immediately deport those who tried to "violently" enter the USA from Tijuana.

Migrants run from tear gas, thrown by the USA border patrol, near the border fence between Mexico and the United States in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 25, 2018.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said the throngs of migrants who have descended on his city is tantamount to a humanitarian crisis, and he declared an emergency. "Many Tijuanans work, study, and visit the United States in healthy peace".

The official said Monday about 50 migrants have been detained after they crossed the border near San Ysidro, Calif., on Sunday. "Congress, fund the WALL!".

Mexico after being hit by tear gas by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after attempting to illegally cross the border wall into the United States in Tijuana Mexico Nov.25 2018
Adrees Latif Reuters

On Sunday, the situation at the border devolved after a large group marched to the USA border to appeal for the speed processing of asylum claims for Central American migrants marooned in Tijuana. There can be no disagreement when it comes to firing tear gas on innocent families.

Sunday's confrontation at the border occurred where there is already a physical barrier. The Ministry of Interior said the main caravan has 8,247 people, with 7,417 of those located in Tijuana or nearby Mexicali.

Democrats and other critics called the Trump administration's use of tear gas toward the migrants an overreaction and blamed the administration for rejecting efforts to address larger immigration issues. Now, President Trump is threatening permanent border closure.

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

The group, part of a migrant caravan, were soon stopped near the U.S. border by Mexican authorities, who told them to wait for permission before the stand-off took place.

To enter the United States legally, migrants must apply for asylum, but the wait for those requests to be processed can last up to a year. The incident began with a march to the border that organizers said would be peaceful.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said Sunday the country has sent 11,000 Central Americans back to their countries of origin since October 19, when the first caravan entered the country.

Mexico is on track to send a total of around 100,000 Central Americans back home by the end of this year.

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