Mexico to up security at border after migrants try to cross

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US Customs and Border Protection closed road and pedestrian bridges on Sunday at the San Ysidro port of entry, one of the largest land border crossings between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

On Sunday, U.S. border agents fired gas into Mexico to deter hundreds of Central American asylum seekers from drawing closer to the U.S. border. Now, Trump has responded to the whole ordeal.

The clash between the migrant caravan and USA authorities along the Mexican border in recent days highlights a contentious topic in the immigration debate: asylum laws. 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 USA and will instead have to wait in Mexico while their claims are being processed.

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However, video of the scene also showed a cloud of tear gas that sent people running and screaming, including families with young children.

He said the US Border Patrol's use of force policy allows agents to use tear gas, but added the incident would be reviewed.

The situation devolved after the group began a peaceful march to appeal to the speed the processing of asylum claims for Central American migrants marooned in Tijuana.

Mexico, for its part, has deployed riot police to maintain calm, as well as implemented measures to stop migrants walking near to the border area.

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On Sunday, the situation at the border devolved after a large group marched to the USA border to appeal for the speed processing of asylum claims for Central American migrants marooned in Tijuana.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that US authorities will continue to have a "robust" presence along the Southwest border and that they will prosecute anyone who damages federal property or violates USA sovereignty.

Migrants run from tear gas launched by U.S. agents, amid members of the press, at the top of a riverbank at the Mexico-U.S. border after a group of migrants pushed past Mexican police at the Chaparral crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. The Ministry of Interior said the main caravan has 8,247 people, with 7,417 of those located in Tijuana or nearby Mexicali.

Most recently, Trump reiterated his threat to close the entire southern border "if need be" - while telling Congress once again to "fund the WALL!".

"If it was a protest, it was a really stupid way to go about it because there were individuals who started throwing rocks and other projectiles", Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, told the paper of the November 24, 2013, incident.

In addition to the arrests, the Mexican government is planning to deport as many as 500 migrants they say attempted to enter the USA violently and illegally. He went on to suggest that it would be "very SMART" if Mexico stopped the caravans before they arrived at the border, "or if originating countries would not let them form (it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S. No longer)".

To enter the USA legally, migrants must apply for asylum, but the wait for those requests to be processed can last up to a year.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer posted a tweet Sunday night urging US and Mexican officials to resolve the situation without closing the border. McAleenan said he was not aware of any successful illegal entries by caravan members into the US.

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