Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Mexico border WAR: '1,000 migrants rush vehicles' after violent clashes

Mexico border WAR: '1,000 migrants rush vehicles' after violent clashes

On Saturday, Mr. Trump also tweeted that migrants attempting to apply for asylum at the southern border will not be allowed to stay in the us and will instead have to wait in Mexico while their claims are being processed.

Over the weekend, violent clashes occurred as the United States attempted to stem the flow of people crossing into the country.

President Donald Trump said on Monday Mexico should send Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States back to their homelands, a day after US authorities shut the country's busiest border crossing and fired tear gas into a crowd there.

Scott also said agents only resorted to using tear gas to deter migrants after members began to pelt USA officials with rocks.

Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas to dispel the group because of the risk to agents' safety.

"As the events unfolded, quick, decisive and effective action prevented an extremely risky situation", he said.

On Monday, President Trump defended the U.S. Border Patrol authorities use of tear gas, stating: "They had to use it; they were being rushed by some very tough people".

Mexican authorities intervened, prompting a rush toward the border by some people, before USA agents fired tear gas.

A migrant family from Honduras runs from tear gas released by U.S. border patrol near the fence between Mexico and the United States in Tijuana
Image A migrant family runs from tear gas released by US border patrol

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, briefs the media on election interference, at the White House, on August 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Nielsen has said that the U.S. will not tolerate any "lawlessness" at the U.S. -Mexico border.

The migrants involved in Sunday's incident were a fraction of a caravan of more than 5,000 that is now stuck in limbo in Tijuana. A young woman fell to the ground unconscious, and two babies cried, tears streaming from the gas.

On Monday, Trump tweeted the caravan at the border included "stone cold criminals".

The migrants, mostly Hondurans, have travelled to the border in large groups, or caravans and now number more than 8,000.

In rare criticism of the migrants, Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said it "reiterates that members of the caravans that cross our country should respect Mexican laws and not engage in actions that affect the communities they pass through". More police carrying plastic riot shields were on the other side, but migrants walked along the river to an area where only an earthen levee and concertina wire separated them from U.S. Border Patrol agents. Democrats and even some lawmakers in Trump's own party have resisted his calls to fund his proposed border wall. "So some people got rocks and threw them because many kids were fainting", he said.

What started as a peaceful march spiraled out of control Sunday as migrants heading toward a pedestrian border crossing were met by Mexican police trying to block their path, journalists at the scene told CNN.

Mario Figueroa - Tijuana's social services department director who is overseeing operations at the sports complex where most of the migrants in the caravan are staying - said as of Friday that of the 4,938 staying there, 933 were women, 889 were children and 3,105 were men, which includes fathers traveling with families along with single men.

Mexican authorities have said 500 migrants were involved in the attempts to storm the border.

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