"We thought they were going to kill us".
There was a steady line Tuesday outside a tent housing the International Organization for Migration, where officials were offering assistance to those who wanted to return to their home countries.
CBS News reports that over the past month that almost 2,000 migrants have voluntarily signed up to be taken home. A job fair matching migrants with openings in Baja California saw a growing number of inquiries.
The 42 people arrested at the U.S. -Mexico border Sunday will not face federal charges, a U.S. Justice Department official told 10News.
Speaking to Hill.TV host Buck Sexton, Hastings said that Border Patrol officers agents were making 2,000 arrests a day, not including anyone traveling with the caravan. There have been multiple cases of respiratory illnesses, lice and chicken pox, according to three city officials who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Their mothers claim they went to the border only for the protest and did not expect others in the group to attempt to cross.
Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Relations sent a letter to the U.S. Embassy this week asking for an "exhaustive investigation" into use of force by the Border Patrol, namely firing tear gas into Mexico.
The group was stopped by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire and US Border Patrol agents firing tear gas and rubber bullets. Francesca Fontanini, a spokesperson for the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, says Sunday's commotion seems to have piqued interest among the migrants in taking up Mexico's offer. 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.
Groups of Central American migrants have been converging on the Mexican border city for days in their quest to gain entry to the United States.
Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said there could be new troops at the border in the future with new missions.
"First of all, the tear gas is very safe", said Trump.
Women and children were among those trying to protect themselves from tear gas fired by the authorities, sparking condemnation from activists and some politicians.
"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.
"Because of the words that President Donald Trump has said, I think this is impossible". He questioned why parents were approaching the border with children at all, suggesting that some of the adults "grabbed" children to better their chances of entering the US.
The mayor of Tijuana said he has mixed emotions over what happened on Sunday.
Border Patrol agents on Sunday shot rounds of tear gas at migrants who threw rocks at law enforcement while trying to breach the border. "The United States of America should not and can not be intimidated by those willing to use force to get into our country illegally".
The piece is largely aimed at inflating the danger faced by border patrol agents and painting the migrants as a risky mob. He heard about it from others and chose to leave "to avoiding getting beaten".