Trump defends use of 'very safe' tear gas on crowd of migrants

Trump defends use of 'very safe' tear gas on crowd of migrants

Trump defends use of 'very safe' tear gas on crowd of migrants

Most were dispirited on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time), a day after U.S. agents fired tear gas into Mexico to turn back some migrants who had breached the border.

But while some are giving up their dream, others are just arriving, further stretching resources at makeshift camps.

He told CNN that numerous people were "economic migrants", who don't qualify for asylum. Both children, ages 3 and 5, were also taken to a hospital to be checked for potential fall trauma.

Ebrard told reporters Tuesday a key administration goal is securing a USA commitment to development projects in Honduras, where the vast majority of the migrants in the caravan come from, as well as neighboring Guatemala, El Salvador and elsewhere in Central America. "In diapers. Choking on tear gas", California Gov. -elect Gavin Newsom tweeted.

If he doesn't receive his desired funding, Trump also threatened in an interview with The Washington Post to increase physical security at the border, which has been the site of increasingly tense clashes between migrants and USA border officials in recent days, including the use of tear gas and pepper spray against members of the migrant caravan.

He told Mexican network Televisa that accepting the USA requests "would declare Mexico a final destination for migrants, invalidating any asylum process in the United States".

The president has not followed through on previous threats to shut down the US government over funding for the border wall, a signature promise of his 2016 election campaign. "So we have to have border security".

What started as a peaceful march turned chaotic and violent Sunday when groups from the migrant caravan tried to access the border.

"It's a term that's used because, as you know, many people, it's a very violent, disgusting thing, that they feel they have an advantage when they're with a young child, and they call them grabbers", he said.

Mr Trump also questioned why parents had taken their children to the site, and alleged that some of the people at the border were not parents, but "grabbers" who had taken children with them to improve their chances of asylum. But we've, during certain time, closed the border.

But despite the hard conditions, many seemed determined to wait in Mexico for their chance to make their case to the United States, with more 600 applying for permits to work in Mexico just on Tuesday, according to the foreign ministry.

He said the "vast majority" of the people Customs and Border Protection had arrested were adult males, and that only about eight of the arrests were women and even fewer were children.

"We'd have to wait more than three months to be called (from the asylum wait-list), and who knows how much longer for our case to be resolved", she said, shaking out her baby's disposable diaper to use it again.

Most were dispirited after the US agents fired tear gas on the group of migrants trying to cross into the USA on Sunday.

"But we can not take the whole responsibility of dealing with this situation", he said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with the incoming foreign minister of Mexico on Sunday to discuss immigration, a top White House official said. "This woman placed her own life and her children's lives in peril. So we have to have border security".

Scott said that, from his experience on Sunday, some people weren't approaching the border in the manner of an asylum seeker.

"They had to use (it) because they were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas and here's the bottom line: nobody's coming into our country unless they come in legally", Trump told reporters.

"People here are pretty dug in", said Rubio, a Republican. "They don't throw rocks and bricks and projectiles and rush the border", Cheney said.

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