Trump again threatens to shut down government unless border wall is funded

Geneva Stokes
November 29, 2018

Honduran migrants who are part of the "migrant caravan" walk towards Tijuana from Mexicali, Mexico.

Officials also reported more interest from migrants wanting to start the process of staying in Mexico.

Facing a hostile welcome and little hope, a growing number of migrants have chose to turn back.

After travelling north from Honduras and spending a week in the Mexican border town of Tijuana, Maria Meza, 35, set out on Sunday with her five children to claim asylum at the USA border crossing.

He says that although they're participants, they're considered more like breakaways or stragglers.

Padilla said they don't expect a caravan surge.

Trump has sought to blame the Democrats for inaction in the past two years, accusing them of being in favour of "open borders", but both Texas Republican John Cornyn and Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin confirmed early in 2018 the White House could have signed off on a bill with bipartisan support that would have provided $25 billion United States for the wall and other border security measures, spread over several years, in a plan that would also provide a pathway to citizenship to the Dreamers.

Trump said he would "totally be willing" to shut down the government if he doesn't receive the wall money he wants. He set a goal of trying to move his family out of the shelter in another week. The border patrol agent explained that after the caravan had made it through forces in Mexico, it approached the east side of the San Ysidro port of entry.

The group was stopped by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire and US Border Patrol agents firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

US Customs and Border Protection, which polices the border, said its personnel had been assaulted and hit by stones. Tijuana police said they arrested 39 people Sunday on the Mexican side. "While Gastélum noted he did not agree with the measures taken by CBP agents, he said he has ". mixed emotions and [is] a little bit mad with the people who are taking their kids, taking their little ones, their siblings to a point where it is very unsafe for them and it is not fair". With US officials processing fewer than 100 claims a day, the wait time for the recent arrivals stands to take months.

But most are committed to the original goal as the prospects for asylum in the US grows dimmer.

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The migrants involved in Sunday's incident were a fraction of a caravan of more than 5,000 that is now stuck in limbo in Tijuana. Over the weekend, violent clashes occurred as the United States attempted to stem the flow of people crossing into the country.

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The majority of the migrants in the caravan went to Tijuana but some came into the country through the Texas-Mexico border.

Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said there could be new troops at the border in the future with new missions. Meza fell and struggled to get up amidst the gas.

Cindy Martinez of San Vicente, El Salvador, said she had been about to cross the concertina wire to the US side when the tear gas was launched.

Agents fired tear gas at the group.

"Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the United States of America".

"I will tell you, politically speaking, that issue is a total victor", he told Politico.

The woman and her children were found in an area that Border Patrol described as "an active construction site".

Martinez, 28, said she was now considering getting work in Tijuana. "We've made numerous proposals", Schumer told reporters Tuesday.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said Monday that 98 migrants would be deported following the incident.

But the migrants don't just blame Trump, they also blame their fellow migrants for egging on Border Patrol agents and throwing rocks at law enforcement officers during what was supposed to be a "peaceful" march to the border to demand attention.

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