Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

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

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

The migrants' arrival has been met by some opposition from people in Tijuana, where many shelters were already at capacity, and on the USA side of the border by increased security measures that include members of the military deployed there by President Donald Trump.

Later, immigrants again approached the border in groups and were met by a further volley of canisters emitting large clouds of gas.

Fani Caballero, 32, a migrant from Honduras, sat by the train tracks, within sight of US agents on the other side of the border fence.

Children screamed and coughed in the mayhem of the tear gas.

More than 5,000 migrants and refugees have gathered in Tijuana in the past week with the hope of entering the US.

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

"For now, we have agreed to this policy of Remain in Mexico", Mexico's incoming interior minister, Olga Sanchez Cordero, said. Many hope to apply for asylum in the US, but agents at the San Ysidro entry point are processing fewer than 100 asylum petitions a day.

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".

This video shows migrants fleeing from the border next to the Tijuana River.

Mexico has no intention of deploying its troops to curb the influx of migrants arriving at the country's border with the United States, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a statement. San Ysidro is the busiest USA land crossing, and authorities there now process about 100 asylum seekers per day.

Rights groups have accused the US government of stalling the processing of asylum claims, allegations the US Customs and Border Protection denies.

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

Earlier in the morning, a group of Central Americans staged a peaceful march to appeal for the speed up the asylum claims process, but their demonstration devolved as they neared the crossing with the US and some saw an opportunity to breach the border.

President Trump then tweeted on Sunday morning, "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". "Congress, fund the WALL!" he added.

Earlier Sunday, Gastelum said he will not allow bilateral relations to be broken by bad actions of the migrant caravan. If they agreed to the "Remain in Mexico" policy, those caravan members - and nearly certainly many thousands more who are on their way to the USA - would have to be cared for in Mexico while they await the outcome of their asylum requests. 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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