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After Central American migrants approached the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday to call attention to awful shelter conditions and request asylum, U.S. Border Patrol agents reportedly fired tear gas into Mexico, forcing parents with toddlers to flee.

“Children were screaming and coughing in the mayhem,” the Associated Press reported. “On the U.S. side of the fence, shoppers streamed in and out of an outlet mall.”

 

 

Earlier on Sunday, U.S. authorities closed off both directions of the San Ysidro port of entry, which is one of the largest border crossings between the U.S. and Mexico.

“Imagine having tear gas launched at you after escaping gang violence/poverty while carrying your child,” Juan Escalante, a columnist at the Huffington Post, wrote on Twitter.

The demonstrations by Central American asylum seekers came amid reports that the Trump administration is looking to cut a deal with the newly-elected Mexican government to keep migrants out of the U.S. until their asylum claims are fully processed.

While U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter late Saturday to claim that asylum seekers will now be forced to stay in Mexico until their cases are processed, the incoming Mexican government officials said publicly that no such agreement has been reached.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. EVIL! Trump is stocking violence . Waiting for his “Base” to react. This is a tragic trump fueled DISTRACTION…Guess a Mueller “bomb” waiting to be dropped tomorrow or during the week

  2. FACTS are were all immigrents of this fine country including assjole deemed dictator trying to miicromanage inferior leadership!!!! Amen. Its liberty freedom and promise as our ancestors respected and endured change and democracy for generations. They stood all ofds including famine for HOPE??? His in laws just granted!!!! Bigotrywellbeginner 101 beating on women infants minorities sufferages. Sooo SHAMEFUL.!!! NOT welcome at my American table at. Thanksgiving HARVESTor anyday.!! Perhaps have them build YOUR wall tje weak frailed souls looking 4 safety and asylum or simply one ???? of peace ashhole

  3. This gets worst. Unaccounted families multiple tent cities 1400 teenagers in holding camps. Costs in the 100s of billions in tax dollars for his militia!!!!! SHAMEFULLY so. Factually he himself is product of migration….or immigration hahas

  4. OMG! How long do we have to endure this idiot for president? They say that impeachment is not that easy
    Wright and Ohlin both said Trump’s comments opened him up to greater legal liability, but to differing degrees.

    While Ohlin said the president’s conduct at the summit increased the chances of his impeachment, Wright argued that they would increase only if Trump were proved to have been blackmailed in some way by Russia.

    “Trump is clearly helping Russia — whether it rises to the level of ‘aid and comfort’ would be for a jury to decide or for the House of Representatives to decide if it pursues articles of impeachment,” Ohlin said.

    Ohlin added that while most would expect a Democratic House to impeach Trump on charges of obstruction of justice related to his attacks on the FBI and special counsel’s Russia investigation, Trump’s latest defense of Russia at the expense of the US made it “more likely” that the House, should Democrats win the majority in this year’s midterm elections, would pursue impeachment on charges of “treason or some other disloyalty-based allegation.”

    Even if Congress doesn’t impeach Trump, his siding with Russia over his own intelligence agencies will certainly be scrutinized by the special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, Ohlin said.

    “It looks like the ‘quo’ of a ‘quid pro quo’ — Putin helped Trump get elected, and now Trump is rewarding Putin with a favorable foreign policy,” he said. “If Trump gets listed as an unindicted co-conspirator, this arrangement might be relevant.”

    Wright was slightly more skeptical about the scope of the legal implications of Trump’s comments.

    “I don’t think the president’s conduct of foreign policy — even if I think it’s misconduct of foreign policy — is going to itself have legal liability,” he said, adding that it would “all really depend on what the findings” of the Russia investigation are.

    Wright argued that Trump’s behavior in the press conference would be unlikely to lead to criminal consequences unless it were proved that his defense of Russia was the result of his being blackmailed or extorted in some way by Putin or other Russian operatives.

    But Wright also said the level of backlash against Trump’s remarks from leaders in his own party would most likely “lead to an uptick in oversight activity” in Congress and could signal that the Republican Party’s patience for Trump is wearing thin.

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