A US military personnel looks across the Rio Grande River from Laredo Texas into Nuevo Laredo Mexico. Getty Images
21 November, 2018, 02:04
US officials say they are addressing the crisis with "all legal options", but have stressed that the migrants will not be permitted to cross the border until their asylum requests are fully processed, which Fox notes could take up to six months. We have deployed additional forces to protect our border.
Northbound traffic and half the pedestrian crossings at the San Ysidro border point were shut to install new movable wire-topped barriers.
"Democrats must approve Border Security and Wall NOW".
San Ysidro is the busiest land border point of entry into the U.S., according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Asylum-seekers are encouraged to go to ports of entry to ask for help, but are often forced to wait weeks or months to do so because the USA government admits only a limited number at a time for processing.
Around 3,000 people from the first of the caravans have arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, across the border from San Diego, California.
Last month, thousands of Central American migrants began a long journey from Honduras through Mexico toward the United States to seek asylum.
Such inconveniences prompted by the arrival of the migrant caravan may have played a role in Sunday's protests, when about 400 Tijuana residents waved Mexican flags, sang the Mexican national anthem and chanted "Out!" They came "in an orderly way, they never asked us for food or shelter", renting apartments and making their own food.
While many in Tijuana are sympathetic to the migrants' plight and trying to assist, with a local priest handing out donated clothes at the weekend, some locals have shouted insults, hurled rocks and even thrown punches at them.
He has called the migrants' arrival an "avalanche" that the city is ill-prepared to handle, and has appealed to the federal government - which has already flown in food and blankets - for more assistance to cope with the influx. A report from Politico on Monday suggested that troops who were dispatched to the border as part of President Donald Trump's vow to prevent the massive migrant caravan from entering the country will start returning home this week, with a full disengagement planned by December 15. A further 2,697 Central American migrants have requested asylum in Mexico, the Mexican interior ministry said, under a programme that the country launched in haste on October 26 to speed the issuing of credentials needed to live, work and study in southern Mexico.
Elsewhere on Sunday, a group of 200 migrants headed north from El Salvador, determined to also find safety in numbers to reach the U.S.
She said: "Most of us in this area depend on business from people coming and going across the border". They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico.