Mexico migrant caravan LEAVES US border: Hundreds home after violence and sickness

Mexico migrant caravan LEAVES US border: Hundreds home after violence and sickness

Mexico migrant caravan LEAVES US border: Hundreds home after violence and sickness

No criminal charges will be filed against any of the 42 people associated with a caravan of Central American migrants who were arrested in a clash that ended with US authorities firing tear gas into Mexico to counter rock throwers, The Associated Press has learned.

Thousands of migrants are being housed at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex near the San Ysidro U.S. -Mexico Port of Entry, even though it can accommodate only 1,000 people. Authorities on the United States side of the border used tear gas to disperse the migrants.

On Sunday, the United States closed its busiest border crossing, San Isidro, for several hours after a standoff between border guards and migrants.

Administration officials have portrayed the caravan as a lawless, violent mob, saying there are some 600 people in the group who have a criminal history.

It was the middle of the night Thursday at the U.S. -Mexico border, next to the first of two U.S border fences separating Tijuana from San Diego, and an Associated Press photographer was there to capture the moment the man, holding his toddler close, made a decision to take a chance, looking for a different, better life than the one he had back in Honduras or in a bleak, overcrowded shelter in Tijuana.

A "handful" of Central American migrants launched a "hunger strike" this week; telling reporters they're protesting the Mexican authorities now blocking them from reaching the United States border.

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Then on Sunday, a group of the migrants attempted to cross into the USA near the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He tried to swim to the USA side but quickly got in trouble in the rough waters of the Pacific.

Many others were not referred to the Justice Department because they were children or parents accompanying children, the official said.

US President Donald Trump, who has called the caravan an "invasion" full of "hardened criminals" and "thugs", is seeking to overhaul asylum policy to keep applicants out pending approval.

The MSNBC reporter on scene claims that after speaking with migrants biding their time in shelters near the border, that numerous would-be asylum seekers were told that crossing the border would be a relatively painless process, and that majority would be eligible for available work programs created to help them integrate into American culture and society.

The fate of the 42 immigrants remains unclear but Customs and Border Protection said they will face deportation. Asylum seekers are often released in the USA pending the outcome of their cases in immigration court.

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