Officials also reported more interest from migrants wanting to start the process of staying in Mexico. A job fair matching migrants with openings in Baja California saw a growing number of inquiries. Border Protection agents launched pepper spray balls in addition to tear gas in what officials said were on-the-spot decisions made by agents. But as the president has repeatedly said, they have to do it the legal way.
Inside a gymnasium where the caravan's first arrivals had set up neat rows of thin mattresses, a city official said there had been a chicken pox outbreak.
The events made Mina rethink his family's plan of making it to the US. Mexican authorities said 39 people were arrested in Mexico.
There "you can earn money and live well" if you're willing to work, he said.
In the meantime, the military and border agents are still working on strengthening the border fence. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said traffic has resumed at the San Ysidro border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. But, he said, "The ultimate border security is to help address. the causes of people leaving Guatemala and Honduras" and fleeing to the United States.
"In contrast to border apprehensions, where 95 per cent or more of immigrants are from Mexico and Central America, the vast majority of overstays - nearly 90 per cent - are from elsewhere", according to the study.
The chaos began after a peaceful protest by some of the thousands of migrants marooned in Mexico. Some attempted to get through fencing and wire separating the countries, prompting the volleys of stinging gas.
Earlier this year, the conglomerate came under fire after it became known that it was forcing anchors to read a canned script warning viewers of "biased and false news", mimicking President Donald Trump's gas-lighting tactics. "Ultimately, American authorities had to use tear gas to stop the attacks".
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"If they close the border I ask God that here in Tijuana, or in another country they open doors to us, to allow me to survive with my children", said Meza.
"I think it's so unprecedented that everyone is hanging their own fears and political agendas on the caravan", said Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that studies immigration.
USA troops deployed to the border on Trump's orders were not involved in the operation.
The mayor of Tijuana said he has mixed emotions over what happened on Sunday. "We have rejected this".
"In that particular area, we have old landing mat fence, which was from the 1990s era and was quickly torn apart.by several of the subjects there, who were also throwing rocks and projectiles at our agents", he said.
These migrants are exhausted, restless and growing frustrated by the reality that it's proving much more hard to get across the border than they had anticipated.
The US government has stood by its use of tear gas to disperse migrants attempting to rush the border.
Among the 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants, two-thirds of adults have lived in the United States for more than a decade, the Pew Research Center study found.
Most of the migrants have been from Honduras, the United Nations says, but increasing numbers of migrants are joining from Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador. He heard about it from others and chose to leave "to avoiding getting beaten". -Mexican border if Mexico does not deport some 7,000 Central Americans gathered there.