Images and videos posted on social media Sunday afternoon showed hundreds of migrants from the leading Central American caravan pushing…
Images and videos posted on social media Sunday afternoon showed hundreds of migrants from the leading Central American caravan pushing the Mexican riot police and rushing the border at the port of entry in San Ysidro, Calif., In a major test for both U.S. border authorities and Mexican officials.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have suspended northbound and southbound vehicular and crossing at the San Ysidro Port of entry, officials told Fox News, and tear gas was apparently being fired from the U.S. side of the border.
Fox News had confirmed early Sunday through an organizer for Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the group helping to organize the leading Central American migrant caravan , That members of the caravan were planning to attempt to cross the port of entry at San Ysidro later in the day.
Footage posted by ITV correspondent Emma Murphy also showed several US Border Patrol helicopters flying low overhead near the Mexican side of the border.
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Other video showed migrants pushing towards a border fence chanting, “Yes we can.” video showed migrants pushing toward a border fence 19659003] The dramatic escalation at the border came as Mexico’s incoming government denied reports Saturday that it had struck a deal with the White House to keep asylum seekers in the country while their claims move through US immigration courts. President Trump, for his part, again threatened to close the southern border if no deal could be reached between the two counties.
On Saturday, the first episode of caravan-related violence directed at U.S. authorities were reported by U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona, as a 31-year-old Honduran man who apparently split off from the caravan threw rocks at agents and a helicopter after setting a tree on fire.
The prospective deal between the U.S. and Mexico was seen as a way to dissuade thousands of Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S., a process that can take years. Den juridiske bar for asylsansøgning er højt og kræver generelt at kandidater viser en bestemt risiko for forfølgelse baseret på faktorer som race, nationalitet, politik eller religion.
Trump administration officials have characterized the vast majority of asylum claims as fraudulently or legally insufficient and have taken steps to reduce the backlog of asylum claims that they say are often used by migrants to gain entry into the U.S.
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“There is no agreement of any sort between the incoming Mexican government and the US government,” Future Interior Minister Olga Sanchez said in a statement.
Hours earlier, The Washington Post quoted her as saying that the incoming administration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had agreed to allow migrants to stay in Mexico as a short-term solution while the US considered their applications for asylum. Lopez Obrador will take office on Dec. 1.
The Washington Post reported Saturday that the Trump administration has won support from the Mexican president-elect’s team for a plan dubbed “Remain in Mexico.”
The newspaper also quoted Sanchez as saying: “For now, we have agreed to this policy of Remain in Mexico.” Sanchez did not explain in the statement why the Washington Post had quoted her as saying there had been an agreement.
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Early Sunday, Trump wrote on Twitter that it would be “very SMART” for Mexico to “stop the caravans long before they get to our southern border” to avoid future logistics challenges at the border.
There were signs last week that the Mexican government has received that message. Mexican immigration agents on Wednesday arrested almost all of the Central American migrants on a fourth caravan that recently entered Mexico seeking to reach the U.S., with Mexico’s National Immigration Institute saying 213 migrants were detained and taken to a processing center.
Other administration officials sounded notes of optimism despite the apparent confusion on how to handle the migrants.
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“President Trump has developed a strong relationship with the incoming [Lopez] Obrador administration, and we look forward to working with them on a wide range of issues,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said about the weekend.
Approximately 5,000 Central American migrants have arrived in recent days to Tijuana, just south of California, after making their way through Mexico via caravan.
On Friday, the Mayor of Tijuana declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city of 1.6 million people, saying he was asking the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5,000 Central American migrants, most of whom were camped out inside a
Hundreds of Tijuana residents have protested their arrival, complaining that recent caravans forced their way into Mexico from Guatemala.
Trump threatened Thursday, and again on Saturday, to completely shut down the border crossing if his administration determines that Mexico has lost control of the situation in Tijuana.
Stephanie Leutert, director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, described the Remain in Mexico plan as a strategy to take away Evolution of migrants to live and work in the U.S. while cases are processed.
“The hope is that asylum seekers will not want to live in [Mexico] for months / years and will not come,” Leutert wrote on Twitter.
She added: “The big question Mexico has its own migratory enforcement interests and the various caravans have been a major headache. “
US embedsmænd har sagt for måneder at de var sammen med Mexico om mulige forslag. One variation, called Safe Third, would have denied asylum claims on the grounds that asylum seekers had found port in Mexico. President Enrique Pena Nieto offered thousands of Central Americans asylum on Oct. 26 if they agreed to remain in southern Mexico. Close to 3,000 migrants took Mexico on the offer.
Sanchez said Saturday that the next government does not plan for Mexico to become a “Safe Third” country.
Julieta Vences, a congresswoman with Lopez Obrador’s Morena party who is also president of Mexico’s congressional migrant affairs commission, told the AP that incoming Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has been discussing with US officers how to handle a deluge of asylum claims at the border.
“They will also give us dates,” said Vences. “They are going to have to open the borders for the migrants. På den betingelse kommer de til at modtage asylansøgningerne, og i tilfelle at de ikke er støttemodtagere af denne status, skal de komme tilbage her, “Vences sagde.
Hun sagde Mexico må undersøge, hvordan man kan imødekomme migranterne uden angering locals.
“When they come back, we need to see how … we can integrate them into an economic activity so that they can develop and not generate conflict with our own communities.”
Local churches and charities have been feeding the migrants, with assistance from state and federal agencies. They have also distributed thousands of blankets, thin mattresses and personal hygiene kits.
Trump reiterated on Twitter Saturday that he plans to do away with the U.S. catch-and-release system, which allows asylum seekers to work and study sometimes for years while their cases are pending.
“Migrants at the Southern Border will not be allowed into the United States until their claims are individually approved in court, “Trump wrote. “We only will allow those who come to our country legally.” Other than that, our very strong policy is Catch and Detain. “Releasing ‘into the US”
Fox News’ Griff Jenkins and The Associated Press contributed to this report.