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President Trump threatens to permanently close off the U.S.-Mexico border

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United States President Donald J. Trump is threatening to permanently close off the U.S.-Mexico border if the Mexican government does not start deporting some of the caravan migrants who are gathered in Tijuana and threatening to storm the U.S.

President Trump posted on social media that Mexico needs to send the Central American migrants “back to their countries” via either planes or buses or face permanent closure of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump’s social media post followed a vow from Mexico to deport migrants who attempted to illegally enter the United States, Fox News reports.

The Trump administration is firmly standing their ground in insisting that asylum claims from migrants within the caravan must be processed outside the United States, and that all those entering illegally will be denied.

A U.S. federal judge has temporarily ruled against the Trump administrations policy, however, the White House has taken steps to strengthen the border.

“Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “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!”

On Sunday there was a chaotic scene on the U.S.-Mexico border that saw hundreds of migrants from the Central American caravan attempting to push past Mexican police officials and rushing the border’s entry point in San Ysidro, California.

The northbound and southbound crossings for both pedestrians and vehicles at the San Ysidro port of entry were suspended on Sunday, according to the United States Customs and Border Protection.

The agency then posted on social media that the pedestrian crossings had re-opened after fours hours of the initial closure. The vehicle lanes were re-opened later Sunday evening.

According to the United States Customs and Border Protection agency, some protesters “attempted to illegally enter the United States through both the northbound and southbound vehicle lanes at the port of entry itself. Those persons were stopped and turned back to Mexico.”

United States border agents fired several rounds of tear gas after some migrants tried to gain entry at various points along the border and threw rocks at U.S. authorities.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that some migrants “attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them.”

“As I have continually stated, DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons,” Nielsen said in a statement. “We will also seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our nation’s sovereignty.”

(Crusader Journal Staff)

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