President Donald Trump has threatened to permanently close America’s border with Mexico if its southern neighbor does not send the migrants back to their countries.
President Trump gave Mexico some advice via Twitter on Monday, writing, “Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan announced on Monday that the agency had detained at least 69 individuals who had attempted to illegally cross the border near San Ysidro, California on Sunday. McAleenan said that he was unaware of any migrants managing to evade capture by border patrol.
The Trump administration is taking criticism for using tear gas on migrants, many of whom were young children. A photo of a migrant mother attempting to flee a nearby tear gas canister while grasping her two barefoot children drew widespread condemnation on social media.
Border agents fired tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd after agents had been struck with rocks.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection shut down the port of entry at San Ysidro, California between San Diego and Tijuana for more than six hours on Sunday after hundreds of migrants tried to enter the US.
“DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons,” Kirstjen Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, said in a statement on Sunday following the incident.
A statement by the Mexican Interior Ministry also described the lawlessness of the migrants, saying that the events on Sunday were “acts of provocation” that were “far from helpful” for migrants in their cause of seeking assignment. Mexico announced they would immediately deport any migrants who tried to “violently” breach the border crossing.