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Central American migrants have a right to request asylum in the United States and Mexico has repeatedly refused US requests to force them to seek refuge there instead, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Wednesday.

The move came after US border agents fired tear gas into Mexico to turn back a group of migrants who had breached the border over the weekend.

-Mexican border if Mexico does not deport some 7,000 Central Americans gathered in the border city of Tijuana.

That sentiment is shared by another Tijuana resident, 48-year-old Lucia Barrio who says it is better to send them back to where they came from, "because they brought children with them, and those children are suffering".

President Trump has vowed to keep each migrant on the Mexican side of the border until courts have decided their cases, meaning some face a long wait. "We have rejected this".

He also said the tear gas was "very safe" and the people suffering from its effects "to a certain extent were the people that were putting it out there". U.S. Border Patrol contacted paramedics and took her to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Despite Trump's desires, a current lack of will to compromise from Democrats makes getting the wall funding seem unlikely.

However, Mexico's foreign ministry sent the United States government a diplomatic note expressing its concern about the use of non-lethal weapons, and calling for a full investigation.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said federal and local authorities stopped the migrants from crossing the border illegally. They're now running on stopgap funds set to expire December 7.

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Mr Trump also questioned why parents had taken their children to the site, and alleged that some of the people at the border were not parents, but "grabbers" who had taken children with them to improve their chances of asylum.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Trump and GOP leaders discussed a range of legislative priorities, including the California wildfires, the farm bill and "the great need for border security at this crucial time", as well as prison reform and the budget.

But despite the hard conditions, many seemed determined to wait in Mexico for their chance to make their case to the United States, with more 600 applying for permits to work in Mexico just on Tuesday, according to the foreign ministry.

"The number is larger for border security", he said. She estimated about 20 people had already passed in front of her, and parents begged agents not to unleash the gas because there were young children present.

"But we can not take the whole responsibility of dealing with this situation", he said.

The bedraggled men, women and children of a caravan of mostly Hondurans began cramming into the complex in Tijuana about three weeks ago. "We want them to participate in the project I just mentioned" to create jobs in Central America.

"What happened yesterday harms all of us", Oscar Leonel Mina, a 22-year-old father from San Salvador, said of Sunday's border clash. "And that is, give us shelter, give them food, water, medicine, everything that a person needs to be dignified and have a place where they can stay dignified", he said.

Meanwhile, a Honduran migrant at the border told AFP the U.S. authorities had started using tear gas as they neared the border.

"The Democrats would like people to believe that they're legitimate asylum seekers, but legitimate legitimate asylum seekers don't attack border guards". He says he's heard people talk of Rosarito, a beach town popular with United States tourists about a 40-minute drive south of Tijuana.


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