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Les migrants se reposent au poste-frontière El Chaparral, surveillés par la police anti-émeute

Les migrants se reposent au poste-frontière El Chaparral, surveillés par la police anti-émeute

  • 1 min 13 s

IJUANA, MEXICO. 22 NOVEMBER 2018

SOURCE: AFPTV

IMAGES - 01:44

- MS migrants sitting and resting at El Chaparral international border crossing

- MS migrants sitting and resting at El Chaparral international border crossing

- MS migrants sitting and resting at El Chaparral international border crossing

- MS migrants sitting and resting at El Chaparral international border crossing

- TILT from sleeping bag to people sitting and sleeping

- WS People resting a few metres away from anti-riot police

- MS People sleeping

- WS anti-riot police

- WS People resting

- MS people resting

- MS people resting

- MS people resting-

- MS people resting

SOUNDBITE 1- Noe Martinez, migrant from Honduras (Man, Spanish, 10 secs):

“We are going to stay put here until we can have a dialogue with the people from United States and if God wants, we will stay here .“

SPANISH: “Aquí nos vamos a quedar hasta que haya un diáologo con las personas de Estados Unidos, y si Dios lo quiere, aquí vamos a estar.“

SOUNDBITE 2 - Noe Martinez, migrant from Honduras (Man, Spanish, 9 secs):

“Because we are not criminals, we are humble people who want to work and show the world we come here with a good heart and are not evil.“

SPANISH: “ Porque, nos somos ningunos delincuentes, somos personas humildes que queremos trabajar y demostrarle a este mundo que vinimos con corazón,no venimos con maldad “

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AFP TEXT STORY

Hundreds of migrants push on to US-Mexico border bridge

Tijuana (Baja California, Mexico)

- 22 November 2018 19:10

- AFP

- 1B1662

Tension mounted as hundreds of Central American migrants massed at a Mexican border town headed on Thursday for a bridge crossing to the United States as President Donald Trump renewed his threats to repel them.

With US helicopters hovering overhead, a group made up mostly of men headed just after midday from the shelter they have been staying at since last week to the El Chaparral bridge around a kilometer (half a mile) away in Tijuana, just across the border from San Diego, California.

Trump on Thursday threatened to close the border altogether, having previously deployed nearly 6,000 troops to erect concrete barriers and razor-wire fences to deter what he has called an "invasion."

"If we find that it gets to a level where we are going to lose control or where people are going to start getting hurt, we will close entry into the country for a period of time until we can get it under control," Trump told reporters, before firing a warning to Mexico.

"The whole border. I mean the whole border," he said, adding that "Mexico will not be able to sell their cars into the United States."

Tensions rose at the border when a local official and a human rights activist tried to convince the migrants both of the benefits of remaining in Mexico, and to submit their US asylum requests through official channels.

"We don`t want to!" shouted the migrants before continuing on to the bridge.

"Let us cross now, we`re already desperate, we`ve left family in Honduras, we need to work," said a man called Wilson.

Authorities in Tijuana set up a job fair in an attempt to recruit skilled workers amongst the migrants for the benefit of local companies, while Mexico`s migration agency has offered them temporary residency papers.

Some have taken advantage of the offers but others are simply determined to reach the US.

Since setting out more than a month ago, mostly from from Honduras, thousands of migrants -- including many women and children -- have covered about 4,400 kilometers (2,700 miles), either walking or hitchhiking, before the first groups began reaching Tijuana at the end of last week.

But there have been tensions since they started arriving at the border town, particularly in the shelter

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