Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Much of Mexican border crisis 'caused by Trump' - activist

Much of Mexican border crisis 'caused by Trump' - activist

A Central American migrant sits on top of the border structure separating Mexico, left, and the United States, right, as U.S. Border Patrol agents look on, right, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, seen from Tijuana, Mexico.

Mexico's National Migration Institute said that 98 migrants were being deported after they tried to breach the US border.

An average of 70,000 vehicles and 20,000 pedestrians cross from Mexico to the United States at San Ysidro each day, according to the U.S. General Services Administration.

Now, a chief border patrol agent is speaking out in defense of using tear gas and arresting 42 migrants. In total, more than 5,000 immigrants have been staying inside and nearby a sport complex in Tijuana, hoping to be allowed to enter the U.S. The Central American migrants involved in the illegal activity will be deported by Mexico, according to its interior ministry, the BBC reported on Monday.

On the other side of the border in Mexico, Tijuana police had arrested 39 people by Sunday night, the agency said on Facebook.

McAleenan said individuals breached the border fence to the east of San Ysidro and some went west and sought to enter through the Tijuana River channel.

Sunday's melee closed one of the world's busiest global crossings, San Ysidro Port of Entry, near San Diego, to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for several hours. "Congress, fund the WALL!" he said in a statement on November 26.

Mexico after being hit by tear gas by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after attempting to illegally cross the border wall into the United States in Tijuana Mexico Nov.25 2018
Adrees Latif Reuters

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

"We were told that if we crossed (the first barrier) they would give us asylum, because we were already in the United States", said Flor Jimenez, a 32-year-old Honduran woman who was among those who turned back along with her husband, sister and young daughter.

"We can't have all these people here", Mujica said. Videos posted to Twitter showed caravan members rushing past Mexican federal police who had been blocking them from getting too close to the border. The incident began with a march to the border that organizers said would be peaceful.

President Donald Trump has pushed for a border wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. USA border police then fired rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd of men, women and children.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut down the federal government unless Congress pays for the wall. There can be no disagreement when it comes to firing tear gas on innocent families. It said that 1,906 of those who have returned were members of the recent caravans. Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas to dispel the group because of the risk to agents' safety.

Mexico is on track to send a total of around 100,000 Central Americans back home by the end of this year.

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