Donald Trump Threatens to Close US Border With Mexico "Permanently"

27 November, 2018, 07:53 | Author: Donnie King
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Rodney S. Scott, chief patrol agent for the San Diego sector, also told CNN that USA officials arrested 42 people, mostly adult males, who made it into the United States. Among those affected were pregnant women and children, according to Honduran migrant Myrna Lissete Amaya, who said some of the younger kids fainted.

"What I saw on the border yesterday was not people walking up to Border Patrol agents and asking to claim asylum", Scott said.

Mexican authorities have said 500 migrants were involved in the attempts to storm the border. It is the most heavily trafficked land border in the western hemisphere.

The incident lasted almost two hours, with two groups of migrants tear gassed after they crossed the Tijuana River, eventually returning to a stadium where they've camped for days, waiting for the opportunity to apply for asylum. And they're not following the legal process.

"We will close the Border permanently if need be", he added before calling on Congress to fund the controversial border wall. Trump has vowed to shut down the southern border with lethal force if necessary, and is calling on Mexico to intervene.

"Mexico should move the flag-waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries", Trump said in an early morning tweet.

Thousands of migrants seeking asylum have piled up at the border in recent weeks, looking to enter the escape violence in their home countries.

The scene was reminiscent of the 1980s and early 1990s when large groups of migrants rushed vehicle lanes at San Ysidro and overwhelmed Border Patrol agents in nearby streets and fields.

Mexican government officials have had no immediate response.

He said he understands that the migrants want to be part of the United States, "but there's a legal way to do it".

US lawmakers face a deadline to approve funding for the federal government by December 7. During his presidential election campaign, Trump promised he would have Mexico pay for the wall.

Groups of Central American migrants have been converging on the Mexican border city for days in their quest to gain entry to the United States. USA border police then fired rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd of men, women and children.

British aid group Oxfam said in a statement the use of tear gas was shameful.

It was not immediately clear whether those throwing objects at United States agents were part of the caravan, MSNBC reported.

Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas to dispel the group because of the risk to agents' safety.

The head of the Border Patrol, Carla Provost, also defended the use of tear gas. "A large group rushed the area & were throwing rocks & bottles at my men & women, putting them in harm's way as well as other members of the caravan", Border Patrol wrote on Twitter on November 26.

For weeks before the 6 November congressional elections, Mr Trump raised the alarm about the migrant caravans and ordered some 5,800 United States troops to the border to support border patrol agents.


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