President Donald Trump demanded the Mexican government deport members of the migrant caravan who rushed the U.S.-Mexico border and threw projectiles at enforcement authorities, in a Monday morning tweet. (RELATED:‘NO CROSSINGS’: TRUMP PUSHES MEXICO TO STOP CARAVANS BEFORE THEY START)
“Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries,” Trump tweeted. “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!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
Trump’s tweet follows Mexico’s interior ministry’s Sunday evening announcement that it would deport the offenders who had to be repelled by U.S. authorities with tear gas. The nearly 500 migrants rushed the border in several different areas to try and illegally gain entry into the U.S. necessitating a shutdown of the busiest port of entry between the U.S. and Mexico.
HAPPENING NOW: Hundreds of migrants rush California port of entry, port has been shut down pic.twitter.com/qNxi8nucW7
— Breaking911 (@breaking9111) November 25, 2018
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a Sunday statement that “CBP was forced to close the San Ysidro Port of Entry to ensure public safety in response to large numbers of migrants seeking to enter the U.S. illegally,” adding “after being prevented from entering the Port of Entry, some of these migrants attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them.”
Here’s moment right before shot bang. You can see some rocks being thrown. pic.twitter.com/p0M9p7Rx4G
— WendyFry (@WendyFry_) November 25, 2018
The group of nearly 500 migrants is only the first group of a large multi-thousand size group advancing from Central America towards the border. The migrants seek to take advantage of a loophole in U.S. asylum law which requires a lengthy adjudication procedure during which those with children are often able to roam free within the U.S.
Many of the migrants never arrive for subsequent court hearings. The Trump administration says these loopholes effectively operate as an open border loophole and that the migrants are taking advantage of well intentioned U.S. asylum law.