Trump threatens shutdown over border wall funding

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Though President Donald Trump this week expressed an interest in establishing a state-run TV news network due to his dissatisfaction with the media's coverage of his historically unpopular presidency, the Sinclair Broadcast Group on Tuesday appeared to fulfill that role with another of its "must-run" pro-Trump segments, this time defending the use of tear gas on migrant children at the southern US border.

Trump's push for only a fifth of border wall funding comes as Democrats are set to take the majority in the House in the new year and as illegal immigration soars at the U.S. -Mexico border with a caravan of 7,000 to 10,000 Central Americans arriving.

With time running short, Trump and Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives huddled at the White House.

Indeed, using tear gas or pepper spray has been standard policy for years. "We have rejected this", he told Mexican network Televisa.

President Donald Trump has taken a hardline stance against the migrants, who have made their way north from violent and impoverished Central American countries.

Hastings reiterated that Border Patrol agents would benefit from a border wall and said "absolutely" agents supported the initiative to have one built.


But the Salvadoran government also chided parents who put their children in harm's way by trying to jump the border, urging the "fathers and mothers who are in that area to avoid exposing their children to scenarios that put their lives, integrity and safety at risk".

A Honduran woman named Mirna Contreras sought to explain that the border melee on Sunday has had a big impact on the migrants' morale.

Keyvin's two sisters were also gassed as were three children from a family they'd been traveling with in the migrant caravan from Honduras. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said traffic has resumed at the San Ysidro border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. "And they are going to give me papers and a year's work permit".

Sunday's incident began with a march to the border that organizers said would be peaceful.

"We'd have to wait more than three months to be called (from the asylum wait-list), and who knows how much longer for our case to be resolved", she said, shaking out her baby's disposable diaper to use it again.

Border Patrol agents launched pepper spray balls in addition to tear gas in what officials said were on-the-spot decisions made by agents.


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

Almost 100 migrants will be deported following an incident Sunday in which hundreds of people rushed the US-Mexico border, Mexican authorities say.

Without offering evidence, Trump claimed some of the women in Sunday's confrontation are not parents but are instead "grabbers" who steal children so they have a better chance of being granted asylum in the US.

"They had to use (it) because they were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas and here's the bottom line: nobody's coming into our country unless they come in legally", Trump told reporters.

The US president hit back at those accusing him of being heavy-handed for using tear gas against migrants trying to illegally enter the southern US border.

Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said there could be new troops at the border in the future with new missions. "So some people got rocks and threw them because many kids were fainting", he said.


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