Mexico to up border security after migrants try to cross

Mexico to up border security after migrants try to cross

Mexico to up border security after migrants try to cross

The Mexican government said later on Sunday it had retaken control of the border crossing after almost 500 migrants tried to cross the USA border "in a violent manner", and vowed to immediately deport Central Americans who attempt to enter the United States illegally.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended her agency's use of tear gas, saying that the migrants threw "projectiles" at U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete accused some of the migrants of attempting to cross from Tijuana in a "violent way", and said they would be deported.

Many have become desperate in recent days after taking stock of the asylum application process, The New York Times reported. "It appears in some cases that the limited number of women and children in the caravan are being used by the organizers as "human shields" when they confront law enforcement", she said.

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 once our agents were assaulted and the numbers started growing - you know we had two or three agents at a time facing hundreds of people at a time - they deployed tear gas to protect themselves and protect the border'.

The San Ysidro border post across from Tijuana - the busiest crossing on the US-Mexico border - was closed to traffic and pedestrians for several hours following the incident. U.S. authorities shot tear gas at hundreds of migrants who attempted to storm the U.S. border on Sunday.

Numerous migrants have been in the camp for more than two weeks.

Mexican authorities have said 500 migrants were involved in the attempts to storm the border.

"There were some press members who helped throwing water to the children and there was a child who was hardly breathing and a person from the press grabbed him and took him away", she said in Spanish.

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Mexican government officials had no immediate response.

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

President Donald Trump said the US will close its southern border with Mexico if needed, a day after USA agents shot several rounds of tear gas at migrants, some of whom tried to breach a border fence.

Mexican police, some wielding shields, scattered migrants and protesters, many of whom rushed toward the USA border.

Mexico has been in negotiations with the United States over a possible scheme to keep migrants in Mexico while their asylum claims are processed. "Are we in the United States yet?" some asked in desperate tones. Trump has threatened to shut down the government unless Congress pays for his planned border wall.

"In a border context, when you are dealing with assaultive behavior, you're addressing it to resolve the situation", he said.

"I think the funding of the wall right now, never looked better, never looked better", Trump said.

The chaos comes as US and Mexican officials wrangle over the issue of migration and discuss how to deal with asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico.

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