Busiest U.S.-Mexico border crossing reopens after violent clashes

Busiest U.S.-Mexico border crossing reopens after violent clashes

Some of the migrants are believed to have been participating in the protest on the Mexican side.

But the meeting of the incoming administration officials in Mexico City to discuss a response was derailed by the chaotic events along the Ysidro border crossing.

President Donald Trump said the US will close its southern border with Mexico if needed, a day after USA agents shot several rounds of tear gas at migrants after some tried to breach a border fence.

Mexican police had kept them from walking over a bridge leading to the Mexican port of entry, but the migrants pushed past officers to walk across the Tijuana River below the bridge.

Dozens of Mexican police with plastic riot shields stopped the migrants well ahead of the crossing, as U.S. agents fired tear gas.

Trump wants migrants to remain in Mexico while their US asylum cases are adjudicated.

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Police, carrying anti-riot shields, then formed a new line and appeared to contain the rush of migrants 100 yards or more from the crossing. "You saw lots of families, lots of kids who, although they weren't close there, have been feeling the effects of tear gas".

Children screamed and coughed in the mayhem of the tear gas. Mexican police officers in riot gear stopped many, but those who continued toward the fence met US border agents, who sprayed some with tear gas.

"As I have continually stated, DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons", she said, adding the United States would "seek to prosecute" offenders.

Thousands of migrants began arriving in Tijuana about 10 days ago and have been housed since then in squalid conditions in a community sports center that has been converted into a makeshift shelter.

The melee left what is known as the busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere quiet for several hours as CBP temporarily closed off vehicle and pedestrian traffic at San Ysidro.

Irineo Mujica, who has accompanied the migrants for weeks as part of the aid group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said the aim of Sunday's march toward the USA border was to make the migrants' plight more visible to the governments of Mexico and the U.S.

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Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum later tweeted a photo of himself with Faulconer and a similar message of regional unity, and said the people of Tijuana and San Diego "deserve all our effort".

The Trump administration has demanded that Mexico agree to host migrants who apply for asylum in the United States at the southern border as they wait for their hearing before an immigration judge in the United States.

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

Mexico's interior ministry said around 500 migrants tried to "violently" enter the U.S. Sunday. We will close the Border permanently if need be.

"We are going to act and proceed to their deportation", he told the Milenio television network, adding: "Far from helping the caravan, they are hurting it". During his presidential campaign, he promised he'd have Mexico pay for the wall.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said Sunday the country has sent 11,000 Central Americans back to their countries of origin since October 19.

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