Over 50 Migrants ARRESTED After STORMING US-Mexico Border — CARAVAN CHAOS

Kim Kyung-Hoon  Reuters
Kim Kyung-Hoon Reuters
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27 November, 2018

The closures of the pedestrian crossing and both the northbound and southbound vehicle crossings began around 11:30 a.m. Sunday after some members of the caravan tried to enter the United States through the San Ysidro Port of Entry's vehicle lanes, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said.

A migrant mother who was trying to illegally enter the United States while scaling a border fence fell off and was impaled.

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.

Now, a chief border patrol agent is speaking out in defense of using tear gas and arresting 42 migrants.

According to Scott, as more immigrants gathered, some throwing debris and rocks at the agents, the officers had to respond "to protect themselves and to protect the border". Migrants approaching the USA border from Mexico were enveloped with tear gas Sunday after a few tried to breach a fence separating the two countries. "Many Tijuanans work, study, and visit the United States in healthy peace". They also threw rocks, attempted to illegally cross the border, and forced authorities to close the San Ysidro Port of Entry for hours on end, notes Graham. "Congress, fund the WALL!" he said in a statement on November 26.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum on Friday declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city of 1.6 million, which he says is struggling to accommodate the crush of migrants.

Mexico after being hit by tear gas by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after attempting to illegally cross the border wall into the United States in Tijuana Mexico Nov.25 2018
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However, video of the scene also showed a cloud of tear gas that sent people running and screaming, including families with young children.

Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said that the migrants were encouraged by some of the caravan's leaders to rush the border.

"We ran, but the smoke always reached us and my daughter was choking", Sarmiento said, visibly shaken. Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas to dispel the group because of the risk to agents' safety. He went on to suggest that it would be "very SMART" if Mexico stopped the caravans before they arrived at the border, "or if originating countries would not let them form (it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S. No longer)".

Around 500 men, women and children, part of a caravan of roughly 5,000 mainly Hondurans who have been trekking towards the U.S. for weeks, scrambled over a rusted metal fence and surged into a concrete riverbed towards San Diego on Sunday.

To enter the U.S. legally, migrants must apply for asylum, but the wait for those requests to be processed can last up to a year. It said that 1,906 of those who have returned were members of the recent caravans. Asylum applications jumped 35 percent between fiscal year 2016 and 2017, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which was driven in part by a surge in applications from people fleeing violence in Central America and Mexico.

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