Migrant caravan members reconsider asylum claims after border clash

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"CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters earlier Monday that as many as 1,000 people that were part of a migrant caravan traveling through Central America and Mexico sought to enter the U.S. illegally".

"I will tell you, politically speaking, that issue is a total victor", the President said, citing recent incidents at the border that he believes have motivated support for more security.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry has asked the United States to investigate incidents in the Tijuana-San Diego border zone on Sunday that led to US Border Patrol agents firing tear gas at migrants attempting to cross the border. The network is the largest USA owner of local TV stations by number of outlets.

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

"We ran, but when you run the gas asphyxiates you more", Honduran Ana Zuniga told the Associated Press.

As migrants tried to cross the border, authorities on the USA side used tear gas to disperse them.

The migrants have travelled in large groups, dubbed "caravans", for more than 4,000km (2,500 miles) from Central America.

He did not elaborate on what that "way" might look like as a December 7 deadline approaches, especially since the Senate earlier this year passed a Homeland Security funding bill that included $1.6 billion for the border barrier project.

"They will have a full conversation about all the issues in connection with the border", White House national security adviser John Bolton told reporters.

"Because of (the actions of a few), we all pay", said Romario Aldair Veron Arevalo, a 20-year-old friend sitting with her. Health authorities have put up signs telling people not to spit, but the signs were ignored.

" Trump also claimed, without providing evidence, that some people at the border he dubbed "grabbers" clutch unrelated children to make it safer for themselves and increase their chances of getting into the US".

Some Central American asylum seekers have made a decision to return home after being repelled at the United States border by barbed wire and tear gas.

Trump, who for weeks has been condemning the caravan, lashed out once more. Trump also said the Mexican government 'wants to see if they can straighten it out'.

Migrant Yanira Elizabeth Rodriguez Martinez said she, her daughter and her sister had stayed away from Sunday's demonstration because they feared it could turn risky.

By Dec. 7, Congress must pass a spending bill, estimated at US$312 billion, to keep some government agencies funded, including the Department of Homeland Security, which polices the border and immigration.

And if the federal government is not capable of helping, Mexico should approach the United Nations for assistance, he said.

She said the parents worry about anti-migrant protesters converging on the sports complex again, as they did last week.

Sunday's incident began with a march to the border that organizers said would be peaceful. But it also includes people from South Asia, including India and Bangladesh, local media reports said. The scene left many migrants feeling they had lost whatever possibility they might have had for making asylum cases.

At times, such responses can involve "less lethal capabilities crossing the border", he said, adding that wind may blow gas in various directions.

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