Mexico to up security at border after migrants try to cross

27 November, 2018, 05:27 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Tijuana declares 'humanitarian crisis' seeks help from UN

Scores of Central American migrants were seen dispersing in Tijuana, Mexico, after US federal officials fired tear gas at the US-Mexico border on Sunday, November 25.

Our chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay and his team have been on the front line of the migrants' struggle to make it across.

"The additional personnel, which included CBP officers, US Border Patrol agents, and Air and Marine agents, were recently deployed to the San Diego area from various areas around the country in preparation for the potential arrival of the caravan in Tijuana".

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

President Donald Trump said the US will close its southern border with Mexico if needed, a day after USA agents shot several rounds of tear gas at migrants after some tried to breach a border fence.

"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 (it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S. No longer)", he wrote.

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The Mexican Interior Ministry said Sunday that since October 19, it had sent almost 2,000 Central Americans who were part of recent caravans back to their countries.

"The people of Tijuana will not pay for the stay of these migrants". Her daughter, Cristina, 7, cried as Customs and Border Protection helicopters circled overhead.

Duncan Wood, the director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, said in a statement that "the closing of the border is a drastic response to a serious incident but it is vital that calm heads prevail".

"Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries", Trump tweeted early Monday morning.

"There is no agreement of any sort between the incoming Mexican government and the USA government", future Interior Minister Olga Sanchez said in a statement.

"DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons", she said. Democrats and even some lawmakers in Trump's own party have resisted his calls to fund his proposed border wall.

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CBP San Diego says pedestrian bridges between Tijuana and San Diego are now open again in both directions, heading north and south.

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday to express his displeasure with the caravans in Mexico.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said in a statement that authorities were able to contain a group of about 500 people who "in a violent manner" tried to cross the border near the San Ysidro crossing, and that those who are identified as participating would be immediately deported.

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

About 5,000 people - a lot of them from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador - have gathered in Tijuana after traveling in caravans in search of asylum to escape poverty and violence in their homelands, and many are expressing frustration at long wait times for their cases to be heard.

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