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At least one man was wounded.

At least one person crossed the USA border and was apprehended by border authority, though a Mexican government official said at least 30 people crossed into the US and were detained.

Mexico City has promised to ramp up security at the border.

President Donald Trump is strongly defending the USA use of tear gas at the Mexican border to repel a crowd of migrants that included angry rock-throwers but also barefoot, crying children.

The US Government has defended its response to use tear gas after left-wing critics in the country said it was an over-the-top response.

Around 5,200 people who traveled in a caravan across Mexico are packed into the shelter in a stadium in Tijuana, living in makeshift tents.

"We were deluded into believing that we had already reached the United States, and that they would grant us asylum", Colon told AFP.

USA agents fired tear gas into the crowd, which included children, as a peaceful march turned into chaos.

Trump went further saying Mexico should send the Central Americans, mostly Hondurans, back home.

On Monday, Trump tweeted the caravan at the border included "stone cold criminals".

He says almost 1,000 people rushed vehicle lanes and went around the border crossing to try to get into the USA on Sunday. "We need food, water, blankets and a dignified place for people to sleep", he said. Democrats and even some lawmakers in Trump's own party have resisted his calls to fund his proposed border wall.

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"Would be very SMART if Mexico would stop the Caravans long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form (it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S. No longer)", he wrote.

More than 5,000 migrants are now residing in the border city of Tijuana, according to reports, which has drawn the ire of the mayor.

Some 7,400 of the migrants are now gathered in the Mexican border state of Baja California, in the cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, and tensions have risen in recent days amid a series of daily protests.

The sudden rush overwhelmed Mexican police, who were deployed with large clear shields and full riot gear.

Several hundred made it over the first barrier, with video clips posted on Twitter showing crowds of people dashing across a shallow concrete riverbed toward the United States.

After travelling north from Honduras and spending a week in the Mexican border town of Tijuana, Maria Meza, 35, set out on Sunday with her five children to claim asylum at the USA border crossing.

Children were screaming and coughing in the mayhem.

Given the extensive fortifications at the USA border, the migrants' push to cross the border was doomed, even if they held out hopes that they somehow would be able to get through.

"Images of barefoot children choking on tear gas thrown by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol should shock us to our core", said Vicki Gass, Oxfam America Senior Policy Advisor for Central America.

She added: "I was scared, and I thought I was going to die with them because of the gas".

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