Trump defends tear gasing migrants


Maria Lila Meza Castro (C), a 39-year-old migrant woman from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, runs away from tear gas with her five-year-old twin daughters Saira Nalleli Mejia Meza (L) and Cheili Nalleli Mejia Meza (R) in front of the border wall between the U.S and Mexico, in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. Picture taken November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon



President Donald Trump is defending his administration’s use of tear gas to stop a group of Central American migrants who tried to force their way into the United States.
The unrest represented a serious escalation of the crisis, with authorities on both sides of the border arresting migrants and pledging to prosecute those engaging in violence.

Trump said:
"They were being rushed by some tough people and they used tear gas, and here's the bottom line, nobody is coming into our country unless they come in legally,"
The clashes led to a six-hour shutdown of the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego.
It comes as administration officials say the U.S. is trying to broker a deal with Mexico that would allow migrants seeking asylum to stay in Mexico while awaiting a decision.
The tension at the border is mirrored in Washington, where President Trump is threatening a partial government shutdown unless Congress approves $5 billion for a border wall.


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