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Video: Officials clash with possible asylum seekers at border

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CNN) -- Tear gas and tensions at the border as hundreds of asylum seekers tried to cross into the U.S. on Sunday. That led to the brief closure of a major port of entry between Mexico and the U.S.

About 500 asylum seekers tried to enter the U.S. illegally Sunday stopped by federal and local authorities in Mexico. In some cases, tear gas was used to disperse the crowd.

Kathleen Edwards-El Cajon, a California resident, said, "It was very scary. I cross often and this is the first time I was just so afraid that I may just stay in America, but I mean it is what it is."

President Trump tweeting this weekend that migrants seeking asylum "Will not be allowed into the United States until their claims are individually approved in court."

Rep. Maxine Waters (D) of California said, "It's a humanitarian crisis.  They can't afford to take care of those people and feed those people and have them used as a waiting room, you know, as this president has wanted to them to do."

President Trump even threatened to "close our Southern border."

Sen. Joni Ernst (R) of Iowa adds, "Of course we don't want to see the border closed, but you know what? The safety of our nation comes first."

The rush of migrants led authorities to suspend all crossings at the largest border checkpoint between San Diego and Tijuana for a few hours Sunday.

More than three-dozen people were arrested at the border.

Mexican officials say the migrants who tried to enter the U.S. on Sunday will be deported.

And the mayor of Tijuana said Sunday he wouldn't let the migrants' actions damage the city's relationship with the U.S. He is calling for the Mexican government to help with the situation.

 


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