Police use tear gas on migrants at USA border

US agents fire tear gas at migrants attempting to breach fence along US-Mexico border

On Sunday, Mexico promised to shore up security along the border, and the country's Interior Ministry said it would immediately deport those who tried to "violently" enter the USA from Tijuana.

The prospective deal between the USA and Mexico was seen as a way to dissuade thousands of Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the us, a process that can take years.

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.

Video footage from Reuters shows a cloud of tear gas near the border and people running away.

"Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas to dispel the group because of the risk to agents' safety", the agency said on Twitter.

Duncan Wood, the director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, said in a statement that "the closing of the border is a drastic response to a serious incident but it is vital that calm heads prevail".

She said she never would have gotten that close with her daughter if she thought there would be gas. Mexican police in riot gear blocked its way, and a scuffle broke out between police and two dozen protesters.

Trump is reportedly working on a deal with the Mexican government to keep migrants in Mexico while they await asylum claims, instead of allowing into the United States.

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Television pictures from the entrance to the Boca dressing room showed many players and staff seemingly affected by the gas. Fans reacted angrily after initially being told the game would go ahead on Saturday, though later than planned.

The Tijuana government said officers arrested 39 people.

Some of the migrants told The New York Times they thought they could negotiate with USA officials, but as they approached the metal border fence topped with barbed wire, they were met with several rounds of tear gas. "Those persons were stopped and turned back to Mexico". "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".

USA border agents shot several rounds of tear gas after some migrants attempted to penetrate various points along the border and threw what appeared to be rocks at US authorities.

Customs and Border Protection tweeted about the alleged use of tear gas. All northbound and southbound traffic was halted. He could not see from his position if the migrants had managed to get across the actual border. Several thousand migrants, mostly from Central America, have been gathering in Tijuana in hopes of entering the US. But fewer than 100 asylum petitions a day are being processed at the San Ysidro port of entry.

On Saturday, Trump said the migrants would not be allowed into the United States until a court approves their asylum claim, which would break from existing policy allowing asylum seekers to remain in the US until an immigration judge hears their case. Here's his latest report from the city of Tijuana.

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 US border was to make the migrants' plight more visible to the governments of Mexico and the U.S. "We want to see if they'll give us permission to go to the USA", she said. "Congress, fund the WALL!" he added.

About 5,000 people - majority from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador - have gathered in Tijuana after traveling in caravans in search of asylum to escape poverty and violence in their homelands, and many are expressing frustration at long wait times for their cases to be heard. President Enrique Pena Nieto offered thousands of Central Americans asylum on October 26 if they agreed to remain in southern Mexico. It said that 1,906 of those who have returned were members of the recent caravans. News slowly spread as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend wrapped up and millions were traveling back home, but by Monday morning countless Americans expressed outrage.

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