Migrant caravan: Trump defends tear gas on Mexico border

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He has expressed alarm at the caravans of migrants that have travelled from Central America to the border in the spring and autumn, authorizing the deployment of National Guard and USA military troops to support southern border enforcement efforts.

Wall Street Journal: "U.S. Border Patrol Uses Tear Gas to Disperse Migrant Caravan" - "U.S. Border Patrol agents used tear gas to disperse hundreds of Central American migrants in the Mexican city of Tijuana who made a rush for the border fence, as tension builds over the diminishing prospects for asylum seekers trying to enter the country". The network is the largest US owner of local TV stations by number of outlets.

The showdown at the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing has thrown into sharp relief two competing narratives about the caravan of migrants hoping to apply for asylum but stuck on the Mexican side.

Rodney Scott, the chief patrol agent for the border agency's San Diego sector, said the woman had risked her life climbing the border wall and could have died if not for emergency responders.

He also said the tear gas was "very safe" and the people suffering from its effects "to a certain extent were the people that were putting it out there".

The caravan of illegal migrants are mostly from three Latin American countries - Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

But Democrats maintained they already have a deal for $1.6 billion in border security.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has defended the use of tear gas, saying border agents were entitled to "self-defence".

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in the fiscal year that ended on September 30, apprehensions on the southwest border of unaccompanied children rose 21 percent from the previous year to 50,000, while family apprehensions were up 42 percent to more than 107,000.

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Agents fired tear gas at the group. The Trump administration would like the entire US$23 billion (18.1 billion pounds) up front, fearing that a House run by Democrats next year would never fully fund the long-term costs.

Commission official Edgar Corzo Sosa said after visiting the shelter Monday that the space intended for 3,500 is now crowded with more than 5,000 people. The children also went to the hospital and were turned over to immigration authorities.

Most were dispirited after the US agents fired tear gas on the group of migrants trying to cross into the USA on Sunday.

He said officials were receiving more requests from migrants wanting to return to their countries, but did not have a number. Hopefully, they will do what they have to do and we can help them out. "We want them to participate in the project I just mentioned" to create jobs in Central America. Francesca Fontanini, a spokesperson for the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, says Sunday's commotion seems to have piqued interest among the migrants in taking up Mexico's offer.

However, Mexico's foreign ministry sent the United States government a diplomatic note expressing its concern about the use of non-lethal weapons, and calling for a full investigation.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said federal and local authorities stopped the migrants from crossing the border illegally.

"We believe governments have the right to defend their borders and should do so responsibly", he said.

Sunday's incident began with a march to the border that organizers said would be peaceful.

Still, Tijuana municipal delegate Genaro Lopez says his city's been shaken.

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