Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

California assessing legal action against use of force on Mexico border

California assessing legal action against use of force on Mexico border

Central American migrants moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life, remain at a shelter near the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on November 21, 2018.

Even with the divisive November 6 congressional elections over, Trump has continued to rail against thousands of migrants in a caravan travelling from violence-ridden Central American countries to seek asylum in the United States.

But while some are giving up their dream, others are just arriving, further stretching resources at makeshift camps.

Tear gas was used by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as a group of some 500 migrants tried to cross the border from the Mexican city of Tijuana on 25 November.

The President later also denied that the tear gas was used against children.

"We were deluded into believing that we had already reached the United States, and that they would grant us asylum", Colon told AFP.

Three tear gas canisters shot from the USA side landed around Meza and her children, who range in age from toddlers to teenagers, she said in an interview at a Tijuana migrant shelter.

To seek asylum, migrants must first sign onto a waiting list to see USA border officials.

A man waves a Mexican flag at the San Ysidro port of entry as it stands closed at the US-Mexico border on November 25.

Democratic lawmakers and immigrant rights groups blasted the border agents' Sunday tactics.

A Peaceful Demonstration Turns Ugly at US Border

He predicted the Supreme Court would take up the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era initiative that protected thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation.

That didn't turn out to be the case; it appears numerous members of the "migrant caravan" were sold a bill of goods, and are just coming to realize that crossing the border will be much more hard than they imagined, particularly in light of the weekend's violence. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said traffic has resumed at the San Ysidro border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana.

"They are in Mexico, waiting to file for [US] asylum".

If the courts ultimately rule against the program, then he would be willing to negotiate over "border security and everything else", he told Politico. On Monday, he said Mexico should send them back to their home countries. "Ultimately, American authorities had to use tear gas to stop the attacks".

"Entering our country illegally, particularly over our walls is not only risky, but also very foolish", San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said in a statement.

At present, officials say the total number of migrants in Tijuana alone break down this way: 6,062 total, comprising of 3,877 men, 1,127 women and 1,058 children. "We need to be there for him and make sure this gets signed", House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said after the meeting. The incident began with a march to the border that organizers said would be peaceful. "The number is larger for border security", he said.

McAleenan said four agents were struck with rocks but were not injured because they were wearing protective gear.

The events made Mina rethink his family's plan of making it to the U.S. He says he's heard people talk of Rosarito, a beach town popular with U.S. tourists about a 40-minute drive south of Tijuana.

Meanwhile, a Honduran migrant at the border told AFP the USA authorities had started using tear gas as they neared the border.

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