US agents fire tear gas as some migrants try to breach fence

Tijuana declares 'humanitarian crisis' seeks help from UN

Tijuana declares 'humanitarian crisis' seeks help from UN

Irineo Mujica, who has accompanied the migrants for weeks as part of the aid group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said the aim of Sunday's march toward the USA border was to make the migrants' plight more visible to the governments of Mexico and the U.S. USA border officials have said they have a limited capacity to process asylum seekers, up to 100 per day. We will close the Border permanently if need be.

Pedestrians prepare to enter the U.S. at the San Ysidro port of entry. A federal judge has at least temporarily ruled against the policy, but the administration has taken steps to harden the border.

They erected metal barriers on the roads and sidewalks leading to the main border crossing for cars and trucks.

Video from a Mexican news channel appears to show an American border patrol agent yelling at migrants nearing the border to get back. The migrants have also received a mixed reception from their current hosts in Mexico.

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.

Like this story? Share it with a friend! In recent days, the group has grown to more than 8,200, with about 7,400 members in the border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, according to Mexican authorities.

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Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete accused some of the migrants of attempting the Tijuana crossing in a "violent way".

The vast majority of the more than 5,000 Central American migrants camped out for more than a week at a sports complex in Tijuana returned to their makeshift shelter to line up for food and recuperate from an unsettling afternoon.

"As I have continually stated, DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons", she said, adding the USA would "seek to prosecute" offenders.

With bridge and pedestrian border crossings closed in both directions, the migrants headed for the cargo area where the railroad crosses, Alvarez said. Numerous migrants are seeking to apply for asylum in the US, but as James Fredrick reported for NPR, fewer than 100 asylum petitions per day are being processed at the San Ysidro entry point. The wait can last months or even years, during which time many migrants are released and allowed to work under rules that President Donald Trump has described as "catch and release" and has vowed to change.

The prospective deal between the USA and Mexico was seen as a way to dissuade thousands of Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the us, a process that can take years. Several thousand migrants, mostly from Central America, have been gathering in Tijuana in hopes of entering the US. President Enrique Pena Nieto offered thousands of Central Americans asylum on October 26 if they agreed to remain in southern Mexico. "There were many children who fainted".

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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