US Customs and Border Protection shuts down San Ysidro border crossing

Earlier Sunday, several hundred Central American migrants pushed past a blockade of Mexican police who were standing guard near the worldwide border crossing.

The migrants carried hand-painted American and Honduran flags and chanted: "We are not criminals, we are worldwide workers". "We are worldwide workers!"

Agents had tracked the man after finding his footprints near the Andrade, California, port of entry with the help of a helicopter, according to a statement.

The New York Times ran an AP headline on Sunday afternoon that reads "Migrants March Toward US Border in Show of Force", and which refers to the story, first reported by Fox News, that some members of the caravan on Sunday marched upon a USA point of entry in California in an attempt to cross and as a demonstration/protest. US Customs and Border Protection said on Twitter traffic in both directions was suspended at the San Ysidro port of entry.

"There is no agreement of any sort between the incoming Mexican government and the US government", future Interior Minister Olga Sanchez said in a statement.

Dozens of Mexican police with plastic riot shields stopped the migrants well ahead of the crossing on Sunday.

He confirmed the plan in essence foresaw migrants staying in Mexico while asylum claims are being processed, and said the incoming government wanted to find jobs for them in sectors that are short-staffed, such as maquila assembly plants.

Hundreds of the migrants lined up this week at a special jobs fair set up for them in the manufacturing city, but others remain determined to reach the US.

That line of police had installed tall steel panels behind them outside the Chaparral crossing on the Mexican side of the border.

Olga Sánchez Cordero, Mexico's incoming interior minister, told the Post that "for now, we have agreed to this policy of 'Remain in Mexico,"' adding that "the medium- and long-term solution is that people don't migrate".

On Friday, Tijuana's mayor, Juan Manuel Gastlum, declared a humanitarian crisis in his city of 1.6 million, which he said was struggling to accommodate the crush of migrants.

US President Donald Trump has sought to sow fear over the collective exodus by deploying thousands of US military troops to the border and giving them expanded powers, including the "ok" to use lethal force.

He says it would be "very SMART" if Mexico would stop them "long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form".

But immigrant advocates have long opposed such a designation for Mexico for a number of reasons - principal among them the country's widespread and rising violence, which often targets Central American migrants.

Mexico is on track to send a total of around 100,000 Central Americans back home by the end of this year.

  • Tracy Klein