Mexico to deport Central American migrants

Mexico will deport the migrants who tried to cross the U.S. border on Sunday; López Obrador's administration could offer jobs and refuge to migrants

Mexico to deport Central American migrants
Migrants are stranded at the Mexico-U.S. border - Photo: Ramón Espinosa/AP
English 27/11/2018 12:31 Newsroom & Agencies Mexico City Gabriela Martínez, Diego Ore, Dave Graham, Delphine Schrank, Lucia Mutikani, David Brunnstrom Actualizada 12:42
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On Sunday, around 500 Central American migrants threw themselves over the border fence that divides Mexico and the U.S., in Tijuana, but they desisted from crossing the border after they were sprayed with tear gas and shot with rubber bullets, which were fired by U.S. troops, according to witnesses.

In response, U.S. authorities closed the San Ysidro port of entry, between San Diego and Tijuana.

On Sunday, an apparent pacific march left the Benito Juárez shelter, where thousands of migrants are staying in Tijuana, towards the El Chaparral gatehouse, in the San Ysidro border.
Nevertheless, an hour after the walk began, hundreds of them broke the police barrier and ran towards the gatehouse and other border points, where many of them climbed the wall.

For many hours, a group of migrants, women and children among them, stayed at different points of the border, until they were sprayed with tear gas.

Those who approached the San Ysidro area were shot with rubber bullets. According to official reports from Tijuana's General Hospital, it cared for a man who was wounded by a tear gas canister, and a teenager with a wounded leg.

Mexican firefighters who were in the location cared for some other migrants, among them was a minor who fainted, and a young man with a wounded knee.

Through Twitter, President Donald Trump asked Mexico to be “very smart” and stop the migrant caravans “way before they reach our southern border”. At the same time, he blamed the countries of the Northern Triangle of taking advantage of the situation to get rid of “certain people”.

And on Saturday, Trump tweeted that migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border would remain in Mexico until their asylum claims were individually approved in U.S. courts, but Mexico’s incoming government denied they had struck any deal.

Trump has been seeking to block thousands of Central Americans traveling in caravans from entering the United States and has ordered that migrants who enter the country illegally from Mexico are ineligible for asylum. Yet that order has been temporarily suspended by a U.S. judge.

On the other hand, Mexico's incoming government allegedly wants to find jobs for Central American migrants in sectors that are short-staffed, such as maquila assembly plants. In exchange, López Obrador hopes Trump and the Canadian government will agree to help spur economic development in the region.

In regards to Sunday's events, Mexico will deport migrants from a group of 500 who on tried to “violently” and “illegally” cross the U.S. border, the Mexican Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The statement added that Mexican authorities had contained the protest at the crossing between Tijuana and San Diego and that, despite heightened tensions there, Mexico would not send military forces to control 7,417 migrants from a caravan currently amassed at the U.S.-Mexico border.


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