Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Donald Trump says he will close the Mexico border permanently if needed

Donald Trump says he will close the Mexico border permanently if needed

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 couple of times a month during some years under President Obama, according to Homeland Security data.

The Mexican Interior Ministry said Sunday it would immediately deport the migrants who tried to "violently" breach the border.

She and hundreds of other Central American migrants were blocked by Mexican police and staged a protest in front of the border, some rushing the U.S fence.

U.S. Border Patrol fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at a group of migrants on Sunday, including families with young children, as hundreds tried to storm the border.

The official said the exact number of people who were arrested will be made public later on November 26. A photo of her clutching the hands of twin five-year-old daughters Saira and Cheili, as her 13-year-old daughter Jamie runs alongside, has gone viral and sparked angry reactions from some lawmakers and charities.

Another Honduran who gave his name as Wilmer said "they started throwing tear gas and they hit a journalist in the head".

Her young son James almost fainted when a canister landed near him.

Thousands of migrants seeking asylum have piled up at the border in recent weeks, looking to enter the escape violence in their home countries.

"We've got to look at the facts here".

A migrant family from Honduras runs from tear gas released by U.S. border patrol near the fence between Mexico and the United States in Tijuana
Image A migrant family runs from tear gas released by US border patrol

A migrant holding a USA flag, right, speaks with others waking up at the Benito Juarez Sports Center that's serving as a temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, early Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday to express his displeasure with the caravans in Mexico.

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

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol responded by dispersing the crowd with tear gas, causing an uproar among pro-immigration activists who believe the caravans should be allowed into the United States without question. We will close the Border permanently if need be.

"This morning, CBP was forced to close the San Ysidro Port of Entry to ensure public safety in response to a large number of migrants seeking to enter the USA illegally. Even so, I'm not going back to Honduras, I want to go to the United States".

The vast majority of those assembled at the border were economic migrants who would not qualify for asylum, he told CNN, adding that there were few women and children. "And it's going to be formed and they're running up with a child". That would be a significant shift in asylum policy that could keep Central Americans in Mexico for more than a year. "I think there is no chance", he said.

When they neared the second fence, U.S. border agents fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them as helicopters buzzed overhead.

An estimated 8,200 migrants from the so-called caravans heading to the USA from Central America are now in Mexico, authorities say.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that the Trump administration had gained the support of Mexico's incoming government for a plan to require asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their applications to be processed.

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