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.
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
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.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) November 22, 2018
Today @CBP personnel were struck by projectiles thrown by caravan members. Such actions are dangerous & not consistent w peacefully seeking asylum. The perpetrators will be prosecuted. I will continue to aggressively support DHS personnel as they work to safely secure our border.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) November 26, 2018