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Trump threatens shutdown over border wall funding

Trump threatens shutdown over border wall funding

Demonstrations on Sunday took place on both sides of the border near San Diego and resulted in officials temporarily closing the San Ysidro Port of Entry. "We were like sheep without a shepherd at the border", she says, "but we never started the violence".

At least one man was wounded. Tijuana police said they arrested 39 people Sunday on the Mexican side.

President Donald Trump has taken a hardline stance against the migrants, who have made their way north from violent and impoverished Central American countries.

Three tear gas canisters shot from the USA side landed around Meza and her children, who range in age from toddlers to teenagers, she said in an interview at a Tijuana migrant shelter.

Customs and Border Protection officials said protesters then pushed past the Mexican police barricade, and as they attempted to cross the United States border, CBP officials used tear gas to disperse the group - which included families with young children.

Mr Trump seemed to acknowledge children were affected but said it was "a very minor form of the tear gas itself" that he assured was "very safe".

The day after the incident, Mexico's foreign ministry asked the U.S. for "a full investigation". But an increasingly hostile Trump administration is working to prevent that. And they are running up with a child. The scene left many migrants feeling they had lost whatever possibility they might have had for making asylum cases.

The Associated Press reported that that the woman told agents she was not part of the migrant caravan, which had traveled from Central America to the U.S.

USA troops deployed to the border on Trump's orders were not involved in the operation.

That is proving to be harder than many migrants thought.

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Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, who leaves office this weekend said in response that Central American migrants were welcome to stay in Mexico. "Mexico wants to see if they can get it straightened out".

House Republicans are willing to green-light Trump's border wall proposal, but they will lose their majority status - and with it the ability to move legislation - when the new Congress is sworn in.

"Trump - who has cast numerous asylum-seeking migrants fleeing violence in Central America as violent criminals - seized on the clash Monday as he pushes for Congress to fund his proposed border wall".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats would back $1.6 billion for border security they negotiated with their Republican colleagues - but not a penny more.

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.

The US government has stood by its use of tear gas to disperse migrants attempting to rush the border.

Migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the United States must put their names on a waiting list that already had some 3000 people on it before the caravan arrived in Tijuana. But if the court rules properly, there will be no problem with DACA and we'll get everything solved.

"Any border security and immigration policy that results in mothers and children being gassed is not only cruel and morally reprehensible, but also an abject failure", said Rep. Bennie Thompson of MS, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Rodney Scott, the chief patrol agent for the San Diego Sector, said when people began to fire rocks and bottles at his agents, which he said was a "direct threat", they were correct to respond with tear gas and pepper spray.