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President Donald Trump called on lawmakers to fund his proposed wall along the Mexico-U.S. border, a day after he said he'd ordered parts of it closed.

"Republicans and Democrats MUST come together, finally, with a major Border Security package, which will include funding for the Wall," Trump said Friday on Twitter from his Palm Beach, Fla., club, where he's spending the weekend.

On Thursday, the president said he'd signed an order to close parts of the U.S. border with Mexico, adding that he's authorized U.S. troops to use lethal force against people who attempt to enter the country illegally. Trump wasn't clear about what the directive entails.

The White House hasn't released the order and didn't respond to a request for comment. The Department of Homeland Security declined to comment.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city and said Friday that he was asking the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5,000 Central Americans, most of whom were camped out inside a sports complex.

The comments by Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum came as city officials and volunteers worked together to assist the 4,976 men, women and children who had arrived after more than a month on the road. The Trump administration has spent weeks lambasting the caravan, which it said was filled with criminals and gang members.

Manuel Figueroa, who leads the city's social services department, said Tijuana was bringing in portable toilets and showers, as well as shampoo and soap.

It wasn't enough.

"Because of the absence, the apathy and the abandonment of the federal government, we are having to turn to international institutions like the U.N.," Figueroa said.

Rene Vazquez, 60, a Tijuana resident who was volunteering at the stadium, said Mexico's federal government ignored the problem by allowing the caravan to cross the country without stopping. Now the city of 1.6 million is stuck with the fallout.

"I don't have anything against the migrants, they were the most deceived, but this is affecting us all," Vazquez said.

Gastelum vowed not to commit the city's public resources to dealing with the situation. On Thursday, his government issued a statement saying that it was requesting help from the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Vasquez, who plays on a soccer team that uses the sports complex, said Mexico should step up now and process humanitarian visas for the group so they can start looking for work. Meanwhile, since his soccer team can no longer practice in the complex, he was spending time handing out donated pizzas and roasted chicken to the migrants.

The caravan that left Honduras in mid-October was mostly well-received by the towns it passed through along the way to the border. Even cities with few resources made sure the travelers had food and a place to rest.

But in those places, the caravan stayed at most two nights -- with the exception of Mexico City. In Tijuana, many of the people who are fleeing violence and poverty are seeking asylum in the United States and face the prospect of spending months in the border city before they have the opportunity to speak with a U.S. official.

Gastelum said Friday that the Mexican government has talked about sending 20 tons of resources to Tijuana to help but that three-fourths consisted of materials to reinforce the border and only 5 tons were for the migrants.

The mayor also criticized the federal government for not taking more seriously Trump's threat Thursday to shut down the entire border if his administration determined Mexico had lost "control" of the situation in Tijuana.

"That's serious," he said.

The migrants also were receiving support from churches, residents who have been providing food, as well as various agencies of the Baja California state government, which says it identified 7,000 job openings for those who qualify.

Adelaida Gonzalez, 37, of Guatemala City arrived in Tijuana three days ago and was having a hard time adjusting. She was tired of sleeping on a blanket on a dirt field, of waiting 30 minutes to go to the bathroom and again to get food and didn't know how much more she could take.

"We would not have risked coming if we had known it was going to be this hard," said Gonzalez, who left Guatemala with her 15-year-old son and her neighbor.

She said she was considering accepting Mexico's offer to stay and work in Chiapas as a refugee.

Some of the migrants staged a small demonstration at the city's Chaparral border crossing Thursday, and a few dozen spent the night there. Police cordoned off the streets around the crossing, tangling traffic, but pedestrian traffic across the border continued uninterrupted Friday.

Alicia Ramirez, 65, a Tijuana business owner, said she had been worried she wouldn't be able to make her annual Black Friday crossing to do her Christmas shopping, but had no trouble walking into California. About a dozen Mexican police stood by the crossing carrying plastic shields.

Still, the threat of a border closure kept her daughters in Los Angeles from coming to see her for the holidays.

"My daughters were worried, so they decided not to come," she said.

Information for this article was contributed by Terrence Dopp and Toluse Olorunnipa; and by Julie Watson and Christopher Sherman of The Associated Press.

A Section on 11/24/2018

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  • 23cal
    November 24, 2018 at 6:02 a.m.

    "President Donald Trump called on lawmakers to fund his proposed wall along the Mexico-U.S. border...."
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    Wait. Wut?!? What ever happened to "Mexico will pay for the wall!!" Usual right wing trolls on the ADG......can we get a simple answer here?

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    "The White House hasn't released the order and didn't respond to a request for comment." Does this mean Trump "signed" it, but it continues to sit on his desk? Why are the contents of the "order" being withheld from the American people? Is it that goofy?
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    "The migrants also were receiving support from churches...." How very Christian of them. Seems a lot of our American Christians could learn a little compassion, humanity, and godliness from them.
    Leviticus 19:34 ESV"You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God."
    Exodus 23:9 ESV“You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt."
    Ezekiel 16:49 ESV "Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy." (NOTE: The gay haters who are always blathering about Sodom and Gomorrah need to pay attention to why it was really destroyed. This is pretty specific, and has nothing to do with gay people.)
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    Zechariah 7:10 ESV
    Do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”

  • skeptic1
    November 24, 2018 at 7:49 a.m.

    How rich, Mexico can't handle the illegal immigration crisis.

  • RBear
    November 24, 2018 at 9:16 a.m.

    How stupid. Skeptic can't even comprehend the article. Tijuana is dealing with the concentration of immigrants in a small area. That's MUCH different than a nation dealing with humanitarian issues nationwide. We have the same problem with disasters, but you're apparently too ignorant to figure that out. SMH @ stupidity.
    ...
    What is even dumber is Trump's tweet that Republicans and Democrats come together to fund his wall. Key phrase - HIS wall. Republicans don't want the wall. Democrats definitely don't want the wall. Trump said Mexico would fund it and we know that was a dumba** statement. Trump is proving he has a fixation, almost a fetish, about this wall. He has no political skills to get it funded. The idiotic stunt with the military is proving unpopular. He's running out of stupid tricks and it shows.

  • GeneralMac
    November 24, 2018 at 9:37 a.m.

    When President Trump ordered troops to the border, the "usual suspects" ( big mouth liberals) blasted the move and said it was a "publicity stunt" as the caravan "wouldn't be arriving for months"

    Just another example of big mouth "usual suspects" being clueless.

    Close to 5,000 have arrived NOW .

  • GoBigRed
    November 24, 2018 at 10:04 a.m.

    GeneralMac, what you are missing is that the immigrants would be nowhere near Tijuana except Mexico started moving them via buses. Still, they didn't make it in time to cast any illegal votes you were worried about. They haven't murdered anyone, raped anyone, or taken your job. They still aren't in the US even has they are pictured sitting on the wall. Just wait till the military starts using lethal force on the women and babies, then you can really celebrate. Maybe on Sunday at your favorite church. How much have you donated to help build the wall? Did you cut a check to the US government or to Trump himself for HIS wall? Will his wall be called "The Donald" or "Trump's Folly"?

  • RBear
    November 24, 2018 at 10:19 a.m.

    fake you apparently can't keep up with the news. The military is now moving troops out of the RGV after moving in thousands and costing millions. Trump ordered troops to the RGV border to help boost Cruz's position in TX. The amount in Tijuana is nowhere near 5,000. In fact, you double what is actually there. The fact you can't see the stunt in this shows how ignorant you are. In some cases, troops were pulled back to allow private contractors to string the concertina wire to avoid any contact with migrants.
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    I know you're dumb enough to be hoping for fatal incursion, but that just shows how issue illiterate the Trump demographic is.

  • GeneralMac
    November 24, 2018 at 10:40 a.m.

    RBear says......"the amount in Tijuana is nowhere near 5,000"

    (6th paragraph )...."to support the 4,976 who had arrived "

    Do you even bother READING the article before you show your ignorance by shooting your mouth off ?

  • RBear
    November 24, 2018 at 11:14 a.m.

    Well, unlike you I do research deeper and found other reports of 5,000. The reporting in this article made me very suspicious since there was an approximate number followed by a very precise number. It was sloppy editing by the D-G staff. Other reports from more credible sources have provided the number.
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    Regardless, troops have been withdrawn from the RGV and the troops at the San Diego-Tijuana border haven't been really needed since they have used private contractors for many of the tasks. Yes, it's still a stunt, trailer troll.

  • GeneralMac
    November 24, 2018 at 11:21 a.m.

    RBear says the numbers are wrong but doesn't give the " correct" number?

    I laugh.

  • RBear
    November 24, 2018 at noon

    fake can you not read? I said, "I do research deeper and found other reports of 5,000." Talk about me having reading comprehension problems. It was RIGHT THERE an inch above your comment and you couldn't read that?

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