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My Mexican workers build new reception spaces at a migrant shelter, while another association piles tents in a hangar as migrants seeking asylum in the United States continue to come to Tijuana, whether they are driven back from US territory or have just arrived from Central America.

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Border wall prototypes demolished in San Diego

Eight prototypes of Donald Trump’s border wall between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico were demolished Wednesday. A large hydraulic jackhammer pounded the concrete and steel panels until the slabs fell into small clouds of dust. (Feb 26)

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Trump’s Plan To Deter Asylum Seekers Creates A New Border Crisis (HBO)

Last Tuesday morning, Catardo Gómez stepped from the United States into Mexico, looked around briefly in confusion, and was immediately swarmed by microphones and cameras.

He’d made history simply by walking onto the other side of El Chaparral, a pedestrian border crossing connecting San Diego with Tijuana. Gómez was the first migrant sent back under a new Trump administration program, called the Migrant Protection Protocol, which requires asylum seekers to wait out their cases in Mexico instead of the U.S.

“I’m going straight to the place where I’m staying,” Gómez told the scrum of reporters before being hustled into a van by Mexican immigration agents. “I’m tired.”

Soon, more migrants from Central America like Gómez will be forced to make the trek back over the border as they wait for their asylum cases, which the US is required by domestic and international law to hear in full before it deports asylum seekers back to their home countries. If the program is fully implemented, the implications could be massive.

Most asylum seekers who enter the U.S. through the southern border, either by presenting themselves at a port of entry or crossing illegally and surrendering to Border Patrol agents, wait in the United States while their asylum cases proceed through the severely backlogged immigration court system, which can take months or years.

But now, a growing number will be forced to wait out the process in Mexican border cities, which are often beset by the same problems of violence and poverty that migrants fled in the first place. Some are likely to give up and return home as a result, and both supporters and critics of the program say such a deterrent effect is part of its design.

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Parkland victim’s father paints border wall against gun violence

Venezuelan artist Manuel Oliver, whose 17-year-old son Joaquin Oliver was killed during the Parkland school shooting, paints a mural on the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, to raise awareness on the gun violence problem in the United States.

Caravan migrants refuse to leave shelter at US-Mexico border as govt tries to evict them

Tensions heightened between Tijuana police & Central American migrants reluctant to leave a makeshift shelter near the US-Mexico border, as shown in footage filmed on Monday. Last week the city authorities started to relocate migrants from the shelter at the Benito Juarez Sports Centre to a new facility El Barretal, explaining the measure by unsanitary conditions that had developed at the complex. While promising not to carry out any forced evictions, the official cut off services at the Benito Juarez Sports Centre in order to force migrants to leave the area.

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Border police conduct massive drills at Tijuana crossing

Traffic was halted for half an hour at the border crossing between Tijuana and Otay Mesa on Saturday, as agents of the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) carried our security exercises.
Police officers in full riot gear can be seen marching in front of the border in formation before they carry out drills, which included the setting off of multiple tear gas canisters.

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Migrants waiting in Mexico after border clashes

(28 Nov 2018) Migrants still wait and hope in Mexico following weekend clashes with US border agents. At least 5,000 migrants are camped out in Tijuana. One recounts what happened over the weekend when US border agents fired tear gas into Mexico. (Nov 28)

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105 caravan migrants reportedly deported back to Honduras after giving up on crossing US border

Some 105 migrants were reportedly voluntarily deported from Tijuana back to Honduras on Wednesday, after giving up on their US asylum claims. Migrants could be seen loading luggage and boarding a Mexican federal police aircraft bound for Honduras. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9j96

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‘Don’t forget our history, we are all immigrants’: Pro-migrant march held in San Diego

Over a hundred protesters marched in San Diego on Sunday, voicing their support for the migrants in Tijuana who are being denied entry into the US. The rally comes as a group of the migrants clashed with border police after trying to breach the US-Mexico border crossing near Tijuana on Sunday. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9j9v

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Migrants clash with police as they try to cross US-Mexico border near Tijuana

Migrants clashed with police as they tried to breach the US-Mexico border crossing near Tijuana on Sunday. The border was temporarily closed after the incident, with traffic being stopped in both directions. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9j93

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Caravan migrants prepare to make their way to US border

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Preparations were underway in Tijuana on Saturday, as members of the Central American caravan prepared to make their way to the US border to plea for asylum.

Migrants painted the national flags of Honduras, El Salvador and the United States, which they will later take with them on their journey to the border.

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US closes border to test resistance against migrant caravan

US authorities closed the San Ysidro border in Tijuana for at least 30 minutes on Thursday in a practice exercise designed to ward off the thousands of migrants who began amassing near the pedestrian crossing.

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Migrant caravan blocks US-Mexico border bridge

Around 500 people from the caravan of Central American migrants began blocking El Chaparral, the main vehicle crossing point from San Diego into Tijuana, on Thursday.

Tired of waiting, the migrants decided to stage an indefinite sit-down at the entrance to the border bridge, thus hoping to exert pressure on US immigration authorities over their asylum application.

A huge tailback of vehicles stretched into Tijuana, although the entry port still remains open to those on foot.

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Migrant caravan tries to calm protesters’ fears in Tijuana

Hundreds of #migrants, mainly from Honduras, marched through the city of Mexicali on Monday to convey a message of peace to anti-migrant #protesters in #Tijuana.

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Tijuana Residents Don’t Want The Migrant Caravan In Tijuana (HBO)

The desperate and seemingly unstoppable journey of about three thousand migrants from Central America heading towards the United States has finally reached Tijuana, the final stop before the U.S. border. But the goodwill that migrants encountered on their long journey north from people offering rides and meals is now greeted with a chillier reception.

Instead, those arriving in the border city earlier this week were greeted by hundreds of Tijuana residents protesting their presence with angry chants of “Mexico First!”

Protest organizers echoed language used by U.S. President Donald Trump. “Mexico has always opened its doors to Central Americans to legal and organized migration but not to the illegal invasion that’s currently taking place,” said organizer Jesus Eduardo Burgos Gomez.

At one point during the protest, a group of residents tried to rush one of the shelters housing migrants but Mexican police in riot gear held them back.

“There’s too many people,” said protester Josefina Arangure. “We won’t be able to control it. A lot of people are going to stay and get jobs, others are just going to commit crimes.”

Protesters say they’re worried that this new wave of asylum seekers will overwhelm a city that has already dealt with its share of refugees from previous migrant caravans and from Haitians fleeing the devastation of the 2016 earthquake.

While the vast majority of those in the caravan say their ultimate goal is to get to the United States, U.S. border inspectors under the Trump Administration have only been processing about 100 claims a day at the Tijuana crossing. In the meantime, another thousand Central American migrants are expected to arrive in the next few days.

“They’re coming here with an American dream that doesn’t exist,” said Aranguer. “So unfortunately these people are going to stay here.”

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(19 Nov 2018) Here’s the latest for Monday, November 19th: At least 77 dead in Northern California fire; Anti-caravan protest in Tijuana; Mississippi Senate runoff heats up; Democrats win another California congressional seat.

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Anti-immigrant protesters in Mexico try to reach migrant shelter

About 200 anti-immigrant protesters in the Mexican border city of Tijuana are blocked by police from reaching a migrant shelter, as thousands of Central Americans have arrived in the city in the past few days hoping to reach the United States. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES