Mexico to deport migrants who tried to breach United States border

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Scores of Central American migrants were seen dispersing in Tijuana, Mexico, after US federal officials fired tear gas at the US-Mexico border on Sunday, November 25. Some of them even started throwing rocks at agents, and USA agents reportedly responded by throwing tear gas into the crowd.

Our chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay and his team have been on the front line of the migrants' struggle to make it across.

An estimated 4,700 Central Americans arrived in the neighbouring Mexican city of Tijuana over the past weeks and were temporarily housed in a sports complex while they waited to claim asylum, according to the Tribune.

"Families are frightened and soldiers are shooting tear gas at toddlers".

Mexico inaugurates a new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, next Saturday, and top Cabinet officials in his incoming government had planned to meet on Sunday to discuss possible solutions for dealing with the population, including potentially allowing migrants applying for asylum in the United States to stay in Mexico while they are being processed.

Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete accused some of the migrants of attempting the Tijuana crossing in a "violent way".

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.

Pedestrians prepare to enter the United States at the San Ysidro port of entry.

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.

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They appeared to get close to the border wall, Alvarez said.

The protesters carried signs with messages of support for asylum seekers, including messages reading: "Let them all in" and "end the racist attacks on migrants".

US authorities closed the San Ysidro crossing to vehicle traffic in both directions as well as pedestrians for several hours before fully reopening late Sunday.

"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", Nielsen said.

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.

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

But Mexico's incoming government, which assumes power December 1, denied that it is willing to let USA asylum-seekers stay there pending the outcome of their cases in US immigration courts, which could take years. "We want to see if they'll give us permission to go to the USA", she said.

The newspaper also quoted Sanchez as saying: "For now, we have agreed to this policy of Remain in Mexico".