Caravan Rhetoric Violates 'Right to Mental Health' of Migrants — UN Officials

Arturo Kim
November 29, 2018

Trump has said that he's willing to shut down the government if he doesn't get $5 billion in funding for the border wall.

Homeland Security officials said Tuesday that Border Patrol agents were right to use tear gas in repelling the "violent mob" that tried to burst through the border over the weekend, and said gas will be used again if another situation arises.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has yet to make any decisions on the border wall.

United States officials maintain that violence Sunday on the part of migrants who rushed the border and threw rocks left them with no other choice. The incident has also prompted Mexico's Foreign Ministry to request the USA 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.

"What are we negotiating with the United States?"

Officials have said some 500 members are criminals but haven't backed that up with details on why they think so.

Central American migrants have a right to request asylum in the United States and Mexico has repeatedly refused USA requests to force them to seek refuge there instead, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Wednesday.

Trump is seeking $5 billion for the wall, which he made a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign and said Mexico would pay for, and he is stepping up pressure on Congress to provide it.

The showdown at the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing has thrown into sharp relief two competing narratives about the caravan of migrants hoping to apply for asylum but stuck on the Mexican side.

With the caravan as a backdrop, Trump has used national security powers to circumvent long-standing immigration law to deny asylum to anyone caught crossing the border illegally. A USA official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the border mission could be extended beyond the current authorization through December 15. Meanwhile, despite Trump's efforts to make immigration more hard, the number of illegal crossings has risen. Francesca Fontanini, a spokesperson for the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, says Sunday's commotion seems to have piqued interest among the migrants in taking up Mexico's offer.

Around 5,200 people who travelled in a caravan across Mexico are packed into the shelter in a stadium in Tijuana, living in makeshift tents.

The DHS spending bill does not include any additional funding for the Border Patrol to effectively detain illegal aliens without releasing them into the American general public.

The number of unauthorized immigrants from Central America, meanwhile, increased by 375,000. Vans were seen leaving from Tijuana to El Salvador yesterday.

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Epshteyn's own mandatory pontifications made a splash over the summer, when he defended the Trump administration's family separation policy at the border.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry asked the USA authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the events in which non-lethal weapons were used from the United States towards Mexico.

The UN estimates that between 12,000 and 14,000 migrants have crossed the Guatemala-Mexico border, headed north to the USA, since mid-October, including about 100 LGBT persons desiring to claim asylum.

The government faces a potential shutdown on December 7 if a funding deal is not reached.

Canadians, in fact, rank far ahead of other countries in terms of visa overstays, according to the limited data, while as a continent Europe does.

The migrants, he added, "know they're going to be better off going back home".

"The agents responded with the least amount of force we possibly could", he said.

"'Congress, fund the WALL!' he wrote".

New video from U.S. Customs and Border Protections shows agents in riot gear during the San Ysidro Port of Entry shutdown. It has been estimated that around 800,000 of the so-called Dreamer children qualify for DACA protection.

Ultimately though, the decision is in President Trump's hands.

On the other side of the border in Mexico, Tijuana police had arrested 39 people by Sunday night, the agency said on Facebook.

Regardless, Trump wants to press on.

Britain and Australia in the 1980s modified laws to require a parent to be a citizen or permanent resident in order for a newborn to qualify for citizenship.

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