President Trump Threatens to Close Border With Mexico 'Permanently If Need Be'

President Trump Threatens to Close Border With Mexico 'Permanently If Need Be'

President Trump Threatens to Close Border With Mexico 'Permanently If Need Be'

Mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, they have arrived near the Mexico-US border via a caravan that has been dubbed "the Central American exodus". Around 2,000 migrants have agreed to return to their countries of origin with the help of the Mexican authorities.

Although the number of people in the caravan was relatively small, the unrest, with migrants attempting to climb fences and run through vehicle lanes to reach the USA, and scenes of mothers and children choking on tear gas, represented a serious escalation of the caravan crisis.

The gas reached hundreds of migrants protesting near the border after some of them attempted to get through the fencing and wire separating the two countries.

Honduran Ana Zuniga, 23, also said she saw migrants opening 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.

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

"Families are frightened and soldiers are shooting tear gas at toddlers".

Protesters march along the U.S. -Mexico border during a rally to show solidarity with the migrant caravan on Sunday, November 25.

"Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries". But Sunday's action affected only the San Ysidro crossing, the busiest port of entry between the United States and Mexico.

"We can't have all these people here", Mujica told The Associated Press.

The dramatic incident Sunday took place only three days after US President Trump threatened to close the "whole border" with Mexico if "it gets to a level where we're going to lose control or people are going to start getting hurt". The migrants in that episode also reportedly threw rocks and bottles at USA authorities.

Authorities temporarily closed the port of entry "to ensure public safety" after some of the migrants threw "projectiles" at agents as they bore down on the fence, officials said.

"People had thought that they were going to open the gates, but that was a lie", Caballero said.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum on Friday declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city of 1.6 million, which he says is struggling to accommodate the crush of migrants.

"There is no agreement of any sort between the incoming Mexican government and the USA government", Sanchez said. "Congress, fund the WALL!" he added.

On Sunday, Trump took to Twitter Sunday to express his displeasure with the caravans in Mexico.

About 5,000 people - majority 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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