Mexico Accepts Housing Migrants, Seeks US Development Aid
- Author: Leroy Wright Nov 29, 2018,
Nov 29, 2018, 7:52
Still stinging from the tear gas that beat back their attempt to breach the US-Mexican border, members of the Central American migrant caravan are starting to lose hope, and in some cases are turning back.
Trump's push for only a fifth of border wall funding comes as Democrats are set to take the majority in the House in the new year and as illegal immigration soars at the U.S. -Mexico border with a caravan of 7,000 to 10,000 Central Americans arriving. Representative Susan Davis blames President Trump for failing to allow migrants to legally apply for asylum in a timely fashion.
But as migrants reached the border area, some protesters split off toward multiple locations, CBP said, attempting to gain entry to the United States through the port and "directly east and west" of it.
Cindy Martinez of San Vicente, El Salvador, said she had been about to cross the concertina wire to the USA side when the tear gas was launched.
US lawmakers must act to pass a spending bill by December 7 to fund some government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security which oversees borders and immigration.
They were part of so-called caravans that trekked through Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, largely on foot, to reach the United States border and seek asylum.
The woman and her children were found in an area that Border Patrol described as "an active construction site". Video of the scene showed a cloud of tear gas that sent people running and screaming, including families with young children.
That didn't turn out to be the case; it appears numerous members of the "migrant caravan" were sold a bill of goods, and are just coming to realize that crossing the border will be much more hard than they imagined, particularly in light of the weekend's violence.
The San Ysidro border post across from Tijuana - the busiest crossing on the US-Mexico border - was closed to traffic and pedestrians for several hours following the incident.
Some have chosen to accept temporary work and asylum from Mexico, Fox News said.
Closing the border crossings "prevented a risky situation from getting worse", McAleenan said. "Ultimately, American authorities had to use tear gas to stop the attacks".
The agents' response - firing tear gas into the crowd - triggered widespread outrage and rekindled complaints that the Border Patrol, bolstered by President Donald Trump's tough talk, is too quick to use force, particularly when responding to people throwing rocks. "We need food, water, blankets and a dignified place for people to sleep", he said.
"But we can not take the whole responsibility of dealing with this situation", he said.
Around 500 men, women and children, part of a caravan of roughly 5,000 mainly Hondurans who have been trekking toward the USA for weeks, scrambled over a rusted metal fence and surged into a concrete riverbed toward San Diego on Sunday.
Several migrants told UPI they worry Mexican authorities will seek to remove them from the camp and deport them after Sunday's march, the surge at the border and the use of force in response by US authorities.
The chaos began after a peaceful protest by some of the thousands of migrants marooned in Mexico. He says he's heard people talk of Rosarito, a beach town popular with USA tourists about a 40-minute drive south of Tijuana.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with the incoming foreign minister of Mexico on Sunday to discuss immigration, a top White House official said.