The San Ysidro Port of Entry is temporarily closed on Nov. 25, 2018. (SCBO Louis Angulo/CBP)

Trump: ‘We Will Close the Border Permanently if Need Be’

In the wake of violence along the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday, President Trump tweeted Monday that he would close the U.S. Mexico border if necessary, and that Mexico should do more to move the migrants. An estimated 500 migrants reportedly rushed the border crossing at San Ysidro — some throwing rocks — and were subsequently tear-gassed.

SEE: Border Crossing Closed, CBP Fires Tear Gas at Approaching Migrants

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reaffirmed her agency’s commitment to securing the border in multiple tweets over the holiday weekend, and discounted a Politico report published on Thanksgiving that detailed a Cabinet order to allow use of lethal force by U.S. troops assisting CBP on the border.

Related: CBP Halts San Ysidro Traffic, Preps for Caravan with Barriers, Concertina Wire

 

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