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Trump Closes Border Crossing & Threatens to Leave it Closed Permanently

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The southern border of the United States is long and porous. The Army and National Guard units have been assisting in securing sections along the border with Mexico, and now, after Central American migrants clashed with Mexican and US forces Sunday, President Trump is threatening to close the border permanently.

“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!”

Migrants approached the border at well-used border crossing south of Sand Diego, Sunday. When they were turned away, part of the group moved into a gully–an area where there was less of a barrier.

Reports suggest there was no real way for any of them to have crossed the border there, yet the group managed to destroy part of a fence. When they did, US Border Patrol agents fired tear gas into the crowd and fired rubber bullets at the group.

The immigrants “immediately started throwing rocks and debris at our agents, taunting our agents,” San Diego Sector Border Control chief patrol agent Rodney Scott told reporters.

“And once our agents were assaulted and the numbers started growing – you know we had two or three agents at a time facing hundreds of people at a time – they deployed tear gas to protect themselves and protect the border.”

Carla Provost, the chief of U.S. Border Patrol, echoed those sentiments. “Our agents were being assaulted. A large group approached the area and they were throwing rocks and bottles at my men and women, putting them in harm’s way as well as other members of the caravan.”

During the confrontation, the border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego was closed. The move stranded thousands who were crossing the border legally, including many Americans.

Now President Trump is renewing his call for funding for his proposed border wall.

Meanwhile, the President’s critics are voicing their concern, too. Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, spoke to reporters and bashed the use of force.

“There are women and children out there. Using tear gas in this situation does not seem justified,” he said.

“What I saw on the border yesterday was not people walking up to Border Patrol agents and asking to claim asylum,” San Diego Sector Border Control chief patrol agent Rodney Scott said. “Matter of fact, one of the groups I watched, one of the groups that several of them were arrested, they passed 10 or 15 marked Border Patrol units … numerous uniformed personnel, as they were chanting, waving a Honduran flag, and throwing rocks at the agents.”

The border crossing, Monday, was reopened.