US Briefly Closes Major Border Crossing with Mexico
U.S. officials briefly shut down one of the world's busiest border crossings Monday to set up concrete blocks and barbed wire as Central American migrants arrive.
The closure of the crossing between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, California, kept a large number of Mexicans from entering the U.S. where there are jobs.
It also caused a massive traffic backup for U.S. citizens trying to get back home after visiting Mexico.
The barriers are an apparent precaution against fears that a large number of people may try to rush the border to get into the U.S.
About 3,000 migrants from the various Central American caravans are already in Tijuana and thousands more are expected throughout the week.
They have gotten a hostile reception from hundreds of locals in Tijuana, who greeted the migrants with cries of "get out" and "go home."
Some echoed President Donald Trump's rhetoric, calling the Central Americans criminals and the caravan an "invasion."
Trump tweeted Sunday that the U.S. is "ill-prepared for this invasion and will not stand for it. They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico. Go home."
But some of the migrants are puzzled by fears they are dangerous, saying they fled Honduras for the U.S. to escape violence and gangs.
French Protests Target Fuel Price Hikes
Protesters in France are expected to continue demonstrations Tuesday against a hike in fuel prices linked to government environmental policies.
About 20,000 people turned out Monday to block oil depots, roads and gas stations.
Nearly 300,000 protested on Saturday, and organizers are again calling for mass demonstrations November 24 if President Emmanuel Macron's government does not agree to remove the taxes that are due to push fuel prices even higher in coming years.
The protests also reflect broader dissatisfaction with the French economy and perceptions that households have less spending power. Some critics have labeled Macron as "president of the rich."
But his government is not backing down. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Sunday that while he hears protesters' anger, the policies will not change.
Police cleared some of the protests sites Monday.
One person has been killed in the demonstrations after being hit by a panicked driver. More than 500 people have been injured.