Pres Trump: migrant caravan using children as human shields

Trump was replying to reporters' queries at the White House over US Border Patrol authorities using tear gas at the Mexican border to repel caravans of illegal immigrants trying to enter the United States.

At a round table in MS later on Monday, Trump seemed to acknowledge that children were affected, asking, "Why is a parent running up into an area where they know the tear gas is forming and it's going to be formed and they were running up with a child?"

"Here's the bottom line, nobody's coming into our country unless they're coming legally", he added.

Trump issued a proclamation November 9 that barred anyone from claiming asylum who entered the country illegally.

Mexico's new foreign minister also called on the Trump administration to contribute to development projects to help create jobs in Central America to stem the flow of migrants from the impoverished region, suggesting an appropriate figure would start at $20 billion. Rodney Scott, chief of the Border Patrol's San Diego sector, said the initial count included some arrests in Mexico by Mexican authorities who reported 39 arrests.

The DHS has separated a total of 507 illegal migrants in 170 fake family units that appeared at the United States border.

Unlike the composition of those who cross illegally, citing Homeland Security's own data, the study said recent statistics indicate that those who overstay their visas are overwhelmingly from other countries.

Migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the United States must put their names on a waiting list that already had some 3,000 people on it before the caravan arrived in Tijuana. They also are not assigned to a direct law enforcement role, said Army Master Sgt. W. Michael Houk, a spokesman with the National Guard Bureau.

Trump made immigration, especially the approaching migrant caravan making its way to the US from Central America, a top issue in the midterm elections.

Trump rails against migrant caravans as unsafe groups of mostly single men.

Following the incident, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan defended the firing of CS gas canisters by agents saying it was to stop an "extremely risky situation" after primarily adult males began throwing rocks.

Demonstrations on Sunday took place on both sides of the border near San Diego and resulted in officials temporarily closing the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

The use of tear gas during Sunday's events have also sparked debate. The incident has also prompted Mexico's Foreign Ministry to request the US conduct an "exhaustive investigation" into its use of tear gas as the two countries struggle to reach a mutually agreed-upon solution to the immigration crisis. "They say it was the whole caravan, but it wasn't the whole caravan", she said.

USA lawmakers must act to pass a spending bill by December 7 to fund some government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security that oversees the border and immigration.

"Women and children who left their lives behind seeking peace and asylum were met with violence and fear".

"Because of (the actions of a few), we all pay", said Romario Aldair Veron Arevalo, a 20-year-old friend sitting with her. The incident began with a march to the border that organizers said would be peaceful. The San Ysidro Port of Entry was closed for several hours.

Sotomayor said he hopes migrants who had thought of entering the US illegally learned from Sunday's events that that won't be possible.

  • Rogelio Becker