Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Trump threatens partial shutdown over border wall funding

Trump threatens partial shutdown over border wall funding

Some 5,600 asylum-seekers, forming the so-called migrant caravan which has travelled across Central America during October and November, reached the cities of Tijuana and Mexicali near the United States border last week.

"I will tell you, politically speaking, that issue is a total victor", the President said, citing recent incidents at the border that he believes have motivated support for more security.

Donald Trump has suggested that some migrants "grabbed" random children to better their asylum claim chances, when commenting on the recent tear gas attacks by U.S. agents at the Mexican border. The network is the largest US owner of local TV stations by number of outlets.

To prevent them from crossing the border, Washington DC deployed thousands of troops and ordered all road and pedestrian bridges to be closed for several hours, including San Ysidro, the largest land border crossings between the San Diego, California, and Tijuana.

"I came here for one reason, and that's because there is a lot of violence in Honduras", said Meza, as her children played with empty tear gas canisters shot by the Border Patrol.

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Reuters photographers captured children and their mothers as they fled from the tear gas. A shutdown will make the situation worse in the short run rather than better, and with migrant caravans arriving at the border now, it seems like a rather bad time to stand down for Homeland Security.

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.

Scott also defended the agents' decisions to fire tear gas into Mexico, saying they were being assaulted by "a hail of rocks".

The money would be spread over two years, the website said, attributing the information to two Republicans. Health authorities have put up signs telling people not to spit, but the signs were ignored. Both children, ages 3 and 5, were also taken to a hospital to be checked for potential fall trauma.

USA and Mexican officials have been wrangling over migration and how to deal with asylum-seekers at the border as Tijuana, a border city of 1.6 million resident struggles to accommodate the crush of migrants. Hopefully, they will do what they have to do and we can help them out. "Mexico wants to see if they can get it straightened out". Some said they remained determined to cross, even after the results of Sunday's march to the border.

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"Entering our country illegally, particularly over our walls is not only risky, but also very foolish", Scott said in the statement. Vega issued a public appeal to Mexico's federal government to take over responsibility for sheltering the migrants and deport any who break the law.

About 500 migrants on the Mexican side of the border overwhelmed police blockades near the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Sunday, two journalists in Tijuana told CNN.

Mexico, however, have demanded a "full investigation" into the incident, which they say involved US CBP agents firing non-lethal weapons into Mexican territory.

Still, Tijuana municipal delegate Genaro Lopez says his city's been shaken. But it also includes people from South Asia, including India and Bangladesh, local media reports said.

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

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