'We will close the border permanently'

Central American migrants are stopped by Mexican police forces as they reach the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana Baja California State Mexico

Agents arrested 42 migrants on the US side after they breached the border, Rodney Scott, chief patrol agent for the US Border Patrol's San Diego sector, told CNN on Monday.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended her agency's use of tear gas, saying that the migrants threw "projectiles" at U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

"If they close the border I ask God that here in Tijuana, or in another country they open doors to us, to allow me to survive with my children", said Meza.

The incident lasted almost two hours, with two groups of migrants tear gassed after they crossed the Tijuana River, eventually returning to a stadium where they've camped for days, waiting for the opportunity to apply for asylum.

"Far from helping the caravan, they are hurting it", he told the Milenio television network.

"We're here with broken hearts and hopes", said Andy Colon, a 20-year-old woman who travelled from Honduras with her sister and two children.

"Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it any way you want, but they are NOT coming into the United States of America", the president, who spent his Thanksgiving break with his family at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida said.

As migrants tried to cross the border, authorities on the USA side used tear gas to disperse them.

A group of Central American migrants- mostly from Honduras- get over a fence as they try to reach the US-Mexico border
A group of migrants climbed a fence as they tried to reach the US-Mexico border

"I will say this, when you know there's going to be potential violence, you know there's going to be tear gas or something, you don't take your child and bring them there", Trump said.

For weeks before the 6 November congressional elections, Mr Trump raised the alarm about the migrant caravans and ordered some 5,800 United States troops to the border to support border patrol agents.

Tensions on the border had been rising in recent days, with thousands of migrants camped out in a sports stadium in Tijuana and hundreds periodically gathering near the main border crossing. Vega issued a public appeal to the federal government to take over responsibility for sheltering the migrants and deport those who were breaking the law.

Mexico's Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said on Monday that migrants who attempted to cross into the United States in a "violent way" would be deported.

More than 5,000 migrants are now residing in the border city of Tijuana, according to reports, which has drawn the ire of the mayor. Democrats and even some lawmakers in Trump's own party have resisted his calls to fund his proposed border wall. If the United States doesn't want us, I'm going to stay here.

The migrant caravan at the U.S. -Mexico border consists of mostly men who are not "true asylum seekers", former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said Monday, adding that he agrees with President Donald Trump's threat to shut down the border if Mexico doesn't deport the migrants back to their home countries.

Around 1,000 migrants, including women and young children, had been holding a peaceful midday demonstration in Tijuana when half of the group bolted toward the border.

Mr Trump had repeatedly threatened to shut down the federal government unless Congress pays for the wall. "They did so safely and without any reported serious injuries on either side of the border", McAleenan said.

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