26 November, 2018
The Trump administration has long sought such an accord with Mexico as a means of resolving what it has termed a "crisis" of an escalating number of Central American asylum applicants - and limited detention space in which to hold them on USA territory as their petitions are considered. Children were screaming and coughing in the mayhem.
Trump used the caravans as an election issue in this month's midterms, sending U.S. military to the border and authorising troops to use lethal force.
"We ran, but when you run the gas asphyxiates you more", she told the AP while cradling her 3-year-old daughter Valery in her arms.
Mexico's Milenio TV showed images of at least a few of the hundreds of migrants at the border as they tried to jump over the fence separating the two countries.
According to several journalists in Tijuana, US authorities used tear gas on migrants and refugees who approached the border fence near the Chaparral crossing. The 26-year-old, who was traveling with her 3-year-old and 5-year-old, scaled a United States border fence near California's San Ysidro Port of Entry. All northbound and southbound traffic was halted.
Groups of Central American migrants have been converging on the Mexican border city for days in their quest to gain entry to the United States. The migrants carried hand-painted American and Honduran flags as they called for their asylum applications to be processed more quickly, chanting: "We are not criminals! We are global workers!"
A second line of Mexican police carrying plastic riot shields stood guard outside a Mexican customs and immigration plaza, where the migrants were headed.
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Mr Trump has repeatedly warned that the large group of migrants moving through Mexico toward the United States included criminals and possibly terrorists, while providing no evidence to support that.
After a trek of more than a month from Honduras, almost 5,000 migrants - including women and children - are now in Tijuana living in a makeshift shelter.
Mexican police block the point of entry at San Ysidro. The crowds are made up of men, women and a lot of children, said freelance reporter Alfredo Alvarez, who is in the crowd.
Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastlum on Friday declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city of 1.6 million, which he says is struggling to accommodate the crush of migrants.
Mexico's incoming government denied a report Saturday that it plans to allow asylum-seekers to wait in the country while their claims move through US immigration courts, one of several options the Trump administration has been pursuing in negotiations for months.
He said it would be "very SMART" if Mexico would stop them "long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form". President Enrique Pena Nieto offered thousands of Central Americans asylum on October 26 if they agreed to remain in southern Mexico.
In her statement, Mexico's incoming interior secretary echoed the vows of leftist President-elect Lopez Obrador to protect the human rights of caravan travelers and other Central American migrants while providing them with food, healthcare and shelter.