Border Patrol Arrests 42 Migrants While Mexico Deports Others

Hannah Rogers
November 27, 2018

Tensions quickly rose and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers fired tear gas into Mexico and shut down traffic in both directions at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Earlier Monday, Trump threatened in a Twitter post that he would "close the border permanently if need be".

The San Ysidro Port of Entry, located between Tijuana and San Diego, had to be closed for hours Sunday after the incident.

Mexico has begun taking steps to increase security near its border with the United States.

"DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down [Port of Entries] for security reasons".

About 5,000 Central American migrants have been staying at a sports center in Tijuana for more than a week.

The Post's Joshua Partlow and Nick Miroff, citing Mexican officials and senior members of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador's transition team, reported that the administration is working with the incoming government of Mexico on a plan that would require asylum seekers to wait in that country while their claims moved through us courts.

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The family was among more than 100 migrants near the Mexico-US border Sunday when a few men tried to dismantle a wire fence separating the two countries, Kim said.

"Riot control agents are meant to temporarily incapacitate a person by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin", the group said on its website.

"This is yet another of several Trump attempts to change what he disparagingly calls the policy of "catch and release" without or against legal authority", said Yale Law School's Harold Hongju Koh, legal adviser to the State Department during the Obama administration. He is anticipating that thousands of more migrants will arrive soon. Border Patrol agents countered using "less lethal devices", which included tear gas and "other projectiles", but not rubber bullets. Vega issued a public appeal to the federal government to take over responsibility for sheltering the migrants and deport those who were breaking the law.

Footage from weekend border chaos included video images of mothers and toddlers rushing to avoid tear gas and/or pepper spray released from US border officials into Mexico territory as means to disperse Central American migrants amassing at the border. "Congress, fund the WALL!" the president tweeted on Monday morning.

"If they're launching tear gas, it's better to head somewhere else", he said. During his presidential campaign, he promised he'd have Mexico pay for a wall.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said Sunday the country has sent 11,000 Central Americans back to their countries of origin since October 19, when the first caravan entered the country.

"They chanted 'Mexico! Mexico!' and 'yes to migrants, no to invaders!' They sang the national anthem and waved Mexican flags and banners and signs, with messages urging the migrants to go home and urging the government to take action", the Desert Sun reported.

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