‘We Will Close the Border Permanently if Need Be’

Hannah Rogers
November 27, 2018

Mexico says it will deport around 500 migrants who have tried to "violently" and "illegally" cross the USA border. Mexican authorities said they would deport anyone who tried to cross illegally.

The prospective deal between the USA and Mexico was seen as a way to dissuade thousands of Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the us, a process that can take years.

A group of Central American migrants, mostly Hondurans, climb a metal barrier.

She had been at the bottom of the river, a concrete riverbed conveying a trickle of water, near the border with her daughter when US agents fired tear gas.

They appeared to get close to the border wall, Alvarez said.

After clashes near the official port of entry yesterday, it was quickly closed in both directions by border agents, an unusual move at the end of a busy holiday weekend.

Hours earlier, The Washington Post quoted her as saying that the incoming administration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had agreed to allow migrants to stay in Mexico as a "short-term solution" while the US considered their applications for asylum. She had signed up for an interview with a US 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.

Honduran Ana Zuniga, 23, said she saw other migrants open a small hole in concertina wire at a gap on the Mexican side of a levee, at which point US agents fired tear gas at them.

Some saw an opportunity to breach the crossing.

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The Washington Post reported Saturday that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has won support from the Mexican president-elect's team for a plan dubbed "Remain in Mexico". Around 2,000 migrants have agreed to return to their countries of origin with the help of the Mexican authorities.

Authorities on the USA side used tear gas to disperse the would-be crossers, the journalists told CNN.

Stephanie Leutert, director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, described the Remain in Mexico plan as a strategy to take away the ability of migrants to live and work in the USA while cases are processed. Her daughter, Cristina, 7, cried as Customs and Border Protection helicopters circled overhead.

"With the help of the [Mexican] National Institute of Migration, people whose participation in these acts of violence [on the United States border] has been fully proven will be immediately deported", the ministry added. Thousands of additional migrants are also expected to arrive in Tijuana.

The San Ysidro crossing is a large complex with multiple lanes of vehicle and pedestrian access points.

Mexico doesn't want the migrants any more than the USA does.

"People had thought that they were going to open the gates, but that was a lie", Caballero said. As for a possible solution. the Trump administration reportedly struck a deal with the incoming Mexican government to keep asylum seekers south of the border as their cases are heard in court.

Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday that it "Would be very SMART if Mexico would stop the Caravans long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form". "Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the United States of America. There were many children who fainted". President Enrique Pena Nieto offered thousands of Central Americans asylum on October 26 if they agreed to remain in southern Mexico.

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