Much of Mexican border crisis 'caused by Trump' - activist

Kim Kyung-Hoon  Reuters

Arriving at the border, some chanted, "We are not criminals!"

Democrats and other critics called the Trump administration's use of tear gas toward the migrants an overreaction and blamed the administration for rejecting efforts to address larger immigration issues.

At least one man was wounded, he told AFP.

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 USA border was to make the migrants' plight more visible to the governments of Mexico and the U.S.

On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the caravans in Mexico and to make another pitch for his promised border wall.

Nine bus loads of Mexican federal police took up positions around the Tijuana sports complex where more than 5000 migrants are camping out, with many waiting for the chance to apply for asylum in the United States.

"We ran, but the smoke always reached us and my daughter was choking", Sarmiento said, visibly shaken.

He said the US Border Patrol's use of force policy allows agents to use tear gas, but added the incident would be reviewed.

Trump, who for weeks has been condemning the caravan, lashed out once more on Monday.

President Trump on Monday defended border authorities' use of tear gas to prevent a mob from overrunning a USA border crossing over the weekend, saying "some very tough people" were trying to break in.

Mexico after being hit by tear gas by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after attempting to illegally cross the border wall into the United States in Tijuana Mexico Nov.25 2018
Adrees Latif Reuters

Dozens of Central American immigrants were detained by American agents Monday after rushing the US-Mexico border; escalating the high-stakes showdown between the "migrant caravan" and US authorities. "Congress, fund the WALL!".

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said the throngs of migrants who have descended on his city is tantamount to a humanitarian crisis, and he declared an emergency.

Numerous migrants say they are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras in search of asylum north of the border.

"It doesn't matter what port you go to, where you're at, we're are already resting at 2,000 people a day ..." "This woman placed her own life and her children's lives in peril".

The group managed to bypass a security cordon and scrambled to try and dismantle the fence and illegally enter the United States.

There, some attempted to get through the fencing and wire separating the two countries, leading US agents to fire tear gas. The crowd included many young children. Without money, they are subsisting on hope for their kids, for themselves, that they can get to safety.

"Today, several migrants threw projectiles at the agents in San Diego".

Another Honduran who gave his name as Wilmer said "they started throwing tear gas and they hit a journalist in the head". He said CBP does not have rubber bullets in its inventory on the border. He had two fresh round bruises in his abdomen. "It won't be easy and will involve a much greater investment of time, focus and resources".

The refugees are legally allowed to apply for asylum in the United States, but this process has been known to take as long as a year.

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