Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Some migrant caravan members self-deporting as frustration grows in Tijuana

Some migrant caravan members self-deporting as frustration grows in Tijuana

After protests on Sunday that reached the USA border fence, nearly a hundred Central Americans were deported from Mexico.

McAleenan told reporters earlier 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 USA illegally.

He told CNN that numerous people were "economic migrants", who don't qualify for asylum.

That sentiment is shared by another Tijuana resident, 48-year-old Lucia Barrio who says it is better to send them back to where they came from, "because they brought children with them, and those children are suffering".

The report from the Pew Research Center based on U.S. Census data and other figures from 2016, showed the number of illegal immigrants in the United States has declined steadily since its peak of 12.2 million in 2007.

The President later also denied that the tear gas was used against children.

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Iraq combat veteran Bryan Suits on the migrant caravan heading toward the U.S. -Mexico border.

"We're going home defeated, but alive", said Yaison Roca, 29, a Honduran man travelling with his wife and three children who took part in Sunday's border stampede and says the crackdown left his family traumatized.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said federal and local authorities stopped the migrants from crossing the border illegally.

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Accepting US requests "would declare Mexico a final destination for migrants, invalidating any asylum process in the United States".

"They learned their lesson", an employee of Mexico's National Migration Institute told AFP at the shelter, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The 35-year-old electrician from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, said he wasn't at the border clash. Parents in the neighborhood are so disturbed by these newcomers that they locked up and shut down a nearby elementary school yesterday. Five million USA -born children with American citizenship are said to be living with parents or relatives who are unauthorized.

"We're very busy", Hastings said.

Around 500 men, women and children, part of a caravan of roughly 5,000 mainly Hondurans who have been trekking toward the U.S. for weeks, scrambled over a rusted metal fence and surged into a concrete riverbed toward San Diego on Sunday. The chaos followed what began as a peaceful march to appeal for the United States to speed processing of asylum claims.

"I'm going to seek asylum in Mexico", Osvin Herrera of Honduras told UPI.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen released an official statement regarding the "migrant caravan" members attempting to enter the country illegally this week; saying her Department is prepared to "shut down" ports of entry due to "security concerns".

On Sunday, U.S. border guards fired tear gas canisters at a smaller group, including women and children, that broke away from the migrants and rushed the border.

Videgaray, who leaves office this weekend, said the incoming Mexican government was also not planning to accept US demands that it give asylum to the thousands of migrants who have arrived on the US-Mexican border in caravans in recent weeks, Reuters reported.

McAleenan said four agents were struck with rocks but were not injured because they were wearing protective gear. Let's put people before politics, ' McCarthy said.

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