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US President Donald Trump has threatened to "permanently" close the US' southern border if Mexico does not deport 7,000 Central Americans from the border city of Tijuana.

But while some are giving up their dream, others are just arriving, further stretching resources at makeshift camps.

Members of the "migrant caravan" now camped out in Tijuana, Mexico, just across the border from San Diego, California, told MSNBC late Tuesday that they were told making entrance into the United States would be much easier and that they're ready to make the long journey back home. On one hand, he said he is frustrated with those who are potentially putting children in harm's way by bringing them to the border not knowing what they will face.

Trump issued an executive order earlier this month barring migrants who sneak across the border from filing asylum claims.

Mattis told reporters that this did not change the military's mission in any way and that he would use the new authorities only in response to a request by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

"They were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas", Trump said Monday of the previous day's encounter.

The migrants are mostly fleeing poverty and violence in Central America's "Northern Triangle" - El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

"Entering our country illegally, particularly over our walls, is not only risky, but also very foolish", said Rodney Scott, San Diego's Chief Border Patrol Agent, according to KFMB.

"We don't target women and children".

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

Overall, the Pew study was in line with previous research that has found many unauthorized immigrants have been living in the United States for years and their children are more likely to have been born in the country than overseas.

US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said the administration's concerns about the caravan "were borne out and on fully display" Sunday.

The 35-year-old electrician from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, said he wasn't at the border clash. Given the massive backlog at the nearby port of entry, it could be weeks before they have a chance to cross the border and begin to make their case. That includes use of helmets, shields, chemical agents or tear gas.

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

Claiming that the crisis on the border has "greatly escalated", Epshteyn repeated the right-wing talking point that the tear gas was warranted due to some of the migrants throwing "rocks and bottles" at USA border enforcement.

Numerous migrants say they are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras in search of asylum north of the border.

Around 500 men, women and children, part of a caravan of roughly 5,000 mainly Hondurans who have been trekking toward the United States for weeks, scrambled over a rusted metal fence and surged into a concrete riverbed toward San Diego on Sunday. "The number is larger for border security", he said. Mexican authorities said 39 people were arrested in Mexico. "They don't throw rocks and bricks and projectiles and rush the border", Cheney said. In a diplomatic memo to the US Embassy in Mexico City on Monday, Mexico's Foreign Ministry requested an "exhaustive investigation" into the use of non-lethal weapons by the United States toward Mexico, the ministry said in a statement.

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