Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

US agents fire tear gas as some migrants try to breach fence

US agents fire tear gas as some migrants try to breach fence

The breakoff group from the migrant caravan were met and stopped by Mexican police; Jonathan Hunt reports from Los Angeles.

Some of the migrants tried to breach the border fencing and "sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them", the statement said, referring to Customs and Border Patrol. Numerous migrants are seeking to apply for asylum in the USA, but as James Fredrick reported for NPR, fewer than 100 asylum petitions per day are being processed at the San Ysidro entry point.

After clashes near the official port of entry yesterday, it was quickly closed in both directions by border agents, an unusual move at the end of a busy holiday weekend.

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On Monday morning President Trump tweeted that numerous migrants are "stone cold criminals", and threatened to close the border permanently.

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 threatened Monday to close the southern border "permanently" unless Mexico sends asylum-seekers - many of whom he described as "stone cold criminals" - back to where they came from. Democrats and even some lawmakers in Trump's own party have resisted his calls to fund his proposed border wall.

On Sunday morning, the protest march headed toward one of the pedestrian crossings. Mexico's Milenio TV showed images of migrants climbing over fences and peeling back metal sheeting to enter.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said it is critical for leaders on both sides of the border to work together to "safely resolve the migrant crisis".

"As I have continually stated, D.H.S. will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons", Nielsen said. Following the incident, the Mexican Interior Ministry said it will deport hundreds of migrants who attempted to "violently" cross the border. 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 policy, known as "Remain in Mexico", was formulated by the Trump administration to deal with the thousands of immigrants seeking asylum in the the caravan.

Within an hour on Sunday, the group from the caravan that rushed toward the border largely dispersed.

The vast majority of the more than 5,000 Central American migrants camped out for more than a week at a sports complex in Tijuana returned to their makeshift shelter to line up for food and recuperate from an unsettling afternoon.

Migrants hold American flags during a peaceful march. President Trump essentially gave the green light for retaliation a few weeks ago as the migrant caravan made its way north.

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