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02 December, 2018

Sunday's incident occurred at the border in Tijuana, where thousands of caravan members have been arriving in recent weeks after fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.

Under the harsh immigration policies introduced by the administration of President Donald Trump, US border officials say they may have to stay put in Mexico for months before they can petition the authorities.

Meanwhile, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said this week US troops deployed to the border may stay longer than previously expected.

On Thursday, as a steady rain fell and partially flooded the sports complex serving as the main shelter, it was Mexican police who stopped more than a dozen migrants from the caravan approaching the nearby El Chaparral border crossing.

"This person who says he is from Pueblo Sin Fronteras". That prompted Border Patrol agents to launch tear gas and pepper spray balls to quell the unrest in the crowd that included small children in diapers. "Agents responded, arrested the three men, and transported them to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing", Customs and Border Protection released Friday afternoon.

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The Border Patrol office in San Diego said via Twitter that pedestrian crossings have been suspended at the San Ysidro port of entry at both the East and West facilities.

Many others were not referred to the Justice Department because they were children or parents accompanying children, the official said. They were accused of illegally entering the country, which is a federal crime. Charges were not filed because the administration generally doesn't separate families and because Customs and Border Protection didn't collect enough evidence to build cases, including the names of arresting officers, according to a US official familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Top members of Obrador's cabinet plan to travel to Washington on Sunday to finalize an agreement which would mandate asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims are processed by the U.S. authorities, the Washington Post reported.

"It was bad", said Padilla, who hopes to claim asylum with the boy in the USA and join a brother in Los Angeles.

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