Mexico says migrants who tried to rush U.S. border will be deported

Mexico says migrants who tried to rush U.S. border will be deported

US border officials on Sunday temporarily closed the San Ysidro port of entry between Tijuana and San Diego, one of the busiest border crossings in the world, "to ensure public safety" after agents shot several rounds of tear gas at migrants, leaving children screaming and coughing, the Associated Press reported.

To block that from happening, and as some threw rocks and bottles, USA authorities took the rare step of firing tear gas into Mexico as well as closing all legal vehicle and foot traffic to the San Ysidro border crossing that US officials say normally has about 100,000 visitors per day.

Mexico inaugurates a new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, next Saturday, and top Cabinet officials in his incoming government had planned to meet on Sunday to discuss possible solutions for dealing with the population, including potentially allowing migrants applying for asylum in the United States to stay in Mexico while they are being processed. "Fumes were carried by the wind toward people who were hundreds of feet away". Many say they are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras. "We must choose to be better than this, and @realDonaldTrump expected nothing less when he deployed thousands of troops to the border with the order to shoot to kill", Amnesty said on Twitter.

Some of the migrants tried to breach the border fencing and "sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them", the statement said, referring to Customs and Border Patrol.

Fani Caballero, 32, a migrant from Honduras, sat by the train tracks, within sight of US agents on the other side of the border fence.

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

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Currently, 5,000 migrants are in a camp in Tijuana while the Trump administration is urging the Mexican government to keep them from the border.

Some attempted to enter through San Ysidro, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement. She had signed up for an interview with a USA asylum officer, the first step in the asylum application process - but the surge of migrants with the caravan meant that she would be waiting for weeks.

Throughout the day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopters flew overhead, while U.S. agents on foot watched beyond the wire fence in California.

The president is putting more pressure on Mexico, warning that he might close the southern border "permanently" if necessary. "We want to see if they'll give us permission to go to the USA", she said. "Congress, fund the WALL!"

For the past few days, the migrants planned Sunday's protest to express their frustration about the wait and the conditions where they're living, some of them painting signs asking Trump to let them in. It said that 1,906 of those who have returned were members of the recent caravans.

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