Trump 'Willing' to Shut Government Over Border Wall Funding

The San Ysidro crossing was closed for part of the day Sunday after Customs and Border Protection officers fired tear gas into a crowd of hundreds of migrant protesters who were trying to evade a Mexican police cordon and approach the port of entry.

"They were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas", he said. The Trump administration would like the entire US$23 billion (18.1 billion pounds) up front, fearing that a House run by Democrats next year would never fully fund the long-term costs.

Iraq combat veteran Bryan Suits on the migrant caravan heading toward the U.S. -Mexico border.

No border patrol officers were seriously injured in an encounter with migrants on November 25, but a 2013 photo circulating online falsely claims to show a recently injured officer.

If the courts ultimately rule against the program, then he would be willing to negotiate over "border security and everything else", he told Politico.

"In that particular area, we have old landing mat fence, which was from the 1990s era and was quickly torn several of the subjects there, who were also throwing rocks and projectiles at our agents", he said. And here's the bottom line: "Nobody is coming into our country unless they come in legally", Trump asserted.

However, this was disputed by some journalists at the scene, who said the tear gas was painful even from a significant distance away.

The Chemical Weapons Convention prohibits the use of tear gas in war, but allows it for domestic law enforcement purposes.

"They will have a full conversation about all the issues in connection with the border", White House national security adviser John Bolton told reporters.

However, Mexico's foreign ministry sent the United States government a diplomatic note expressing its concern about the use of non-lethal weapons, and calling for a full investigation.

The U.S. leader, who nearly daily unleashes verbal attacks on migrants trying to cross into the United States, told the Politico news site he is insisting that $5 billion for wall construction be included in measures Congress needs to approve to keep several federal agencies open after their current spending authority expires December 7.

According to Fox News, "the total number of migrants in Tijuana alone break down this way: 6,062 total, comprising of 3,877 men, 1,127 women and 1,058 children".

At a roundtable in MS later Monday, Trump seemed to acknowledge that children were affected.

What do people at the border say?

A group of migrants gather at the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, as they try to pressure their way into the US.

"Entering our country illegally, particularly over our walls is not only unsafe, but also very foolish", Scott said in the statement. Some attempted to get through fencing and wire separating the countries, prompting volleys of stinging gas. "We need to be there for him and make sure this gets signed", House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said after the meeting.

Speaking to the news website at the White House on Tuesday, Trump also said the $5 billion United States request was just to build the physical barrier, and that additional funding would be needed for border security.

"I was scared, and I thought I was going to die with them because of the gas", said Meza. A person got hit and lots of kids fainted.

Photos of tear gas clouds near women and children who were among the mob of mostly men storming the border have gone viral, drawing condemnation internationally and at home, where congressional Democrats say it was a break with what America stands for.