USA briefly shutters border crossing to brace for migrants

Central American migrants-mostly Hondurans taking part in a caravan heading to the US descend from a truck on arrival at a temporary shelter in Irapuato Guanajuato state Mexico

President Donald Trump is likely to give USA troops authority to protect immigration agents stationed along the US border with Mexico if they come under threat from migrants seeking to cross into the United States, a US official said.

"As Secretary Nielsen has said, we will not allow our frontline personnel to be in harm's way", DHS spokesperson Kate Waldman told ABC News. "Illegal Immigrants trying to come into the United States of America, often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for U.S. Asylum, will be detained or turned away".

Border personnel on on the American side are processing only about 100 asylum claims per day, many of which could be phony, as President Trump noted in his proclamation - overturned by an Obama-appointee in federal court yesterday - that said illegal aliens cannot apply for asylum if they don't show up at a port of entry. "We are not criminals, we are migrant workers,"Cordonez said, adding that he was considering trying to get into Canada if the USA doesn't want him". About 3,000 migrants have shown up in Tijuana, the Associated Press reported, and Mexico's national regime expects as many as 10,000.

"This is a border wall with row upon row of concertina wire", Nielsen said. "You will not get into our country illegally". They also complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an "invasion".

Mexico and the United States share a border that stretches along more than 3,000 kilometers (1,800 miles) of desert and is crossed by undocumented travelers, drugs and weapons. "We will enforce all our laws", she added.

The active-duty troops are now serving in Texas, Arizona and California as part of a mission to provide engineering, logistical and transportation support to CBP.

But Tijuana police officer Victor Coronel, who has overseen security outside the sports complex where the migrants are staying, said those fears are based on the bad behavior of only a handful of migrants.




"The Haitians arrived with their papers, with a clear vision", Gastelum said in an interview posted on the city's Facebook page. "They should be thrown out", Gonzalez said. He said the Haitians found jobs and "inserted themselves in the city's economy" and had not been involved in any disturbances.

Carlos Padilla, 57, a migrant from Progreso, Honduras, said a Tijuana resident shouted "migrants are pigs" as he passed on the street recently.

It's a stark contrast to the many Mexican communities that welcomed the caravan with signs, music and donations of clothing after it entered Mexico almost a month ago.

On Sunday, hundreds of locals gathered around a monument in the city to protest the migrants' arrival, waving Mexican flags and chanting "Out!" "It's better than being in Haiti", he said. There are some pretty large migrant shelters here that are taking them in.

The protests were not all against the migrant caravan.

They comprise the majority of the border force, and have focused both on installing concertina and other barriers to slow down any rush of migrants, and building temporary camps in which US soldiers can live nearby. This was challenged in court and a judge Monday night temporarily barred the Trump administration from enacting the ban.

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