Mexico Says Migrants Have Right To Seek US Asylum, Rejects Closing Border

Mexico Says Migrants Have Right To Seek US Asylum, Rejects Closing Border

Some Central American asylum seekers have made a decision to return home after being repelled at the USA border by barbed wire and tear gas.

"We thought they were going to kill us".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders offered a similar line on Tuesday.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. A job fair matching migrants with openings in Baja California saw a growing number of inquiries.

After travelling north from Honduras and spending a week in the Mexican border town of Tijuana, Maria Meza, 35, set out on Sunday with her five children to claim asylum at the US border crossing.

"But I do know the southern end of our country needs protection", he said. McAleenan said he was not aware of any successful illegal entries by caravan members into the US. After breaking a police fence, tear gas was deployed on them by USA border police.

The majority of people arrested were adult males, Houlton said. "I got to work for a living". He set a goal of trying to move his family out of the sports stadium in another week.

Mexico's National Institute of Migration Commissioner Gerardo Garcia confirmed the 98 arrests on his country's side, saying there were "instigators" in the migrant caravan pushing people to illegally cross the border.

The Northern Command statement released Sunday did not further outline troop involvement, but said military personnel "will not be conducting law enforcement functions, but are authorized to provide force protection for Customs and Border Protection personnel and help make sure CBP personnel can perform their assigned federal functions".

"I can't act unless the rules are on our side", Becerra, who is the son of Mexican immigrants, said.

Migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the United States must put their names on a waiting list that already had some 3000 people on it before the caravan arrived in Tijuana. With U.S. officials processing fewer than 100 claims a day, the wait time for the recent arrivals stands to take months.

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Groups of Central American migrants have been converging on the Mexican border city for days in their quest to gain entry to the United States. Some attempted to get through fencing and wire separating the countries, prompting volleys of stinging gas.

President Trump on Monday had said the tear gas used was "very safe".

The use of tear gas was criticized because of the presence of children, but Scott defended the decision on the basis that officers were being threatened.

Tijuana wants the situation resolved as quickly as possible: either asylum seekers approach the border peacefully and declare their intentions, or they accept one of Mexico's offers.

"I will tell you, politically speaking, that issue is a total victor", he told Politico.

Clarissa left three of her children at home in Honduras when she left with her seven-year-old daughter and walked for more than a month to reach the United States border.

The mayor of Tijuana said he has mixed emotions over what happened on Sunday.

"We ran, but when you run the gas asphyxiates you more", Honduran Ana Zuniga told the Associated Press.

"In that particular area, we have old landing mat fence, which was from the 1990s era and was quickly torn several of the subjects there, who were also throwing rocks and projectiles at our agents", he said.

He admitted that feeding the migrants and giving them shelter may encourage others to come to Tijuana, but said it would be worse to have them roaming the streets.

Tyler Q. Houlton, spokesman for Homeland Security pushed back on accusations that Border Patrol agents targeted women and children with the tear gas, but said people who join a violent mob trying to break through the border are going to see "unintended consequences". "The United States of America should not and can not be intimidated by those willing to use force to get into our country illegally".

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