Donald Trump tells Mexico to send migrants home, claiming many are stone cold criminals
Read more The US official also answered criticism of the use of gas on groups including women and children, images of which spread rapidly online on Sunday, by saying the migrants pushed women and children towards the front.
The arrests came amid clashes with members of a migrant caravan attempting to enter the US from Tijuana, where teargas was used to repel people trying to run across the border.
A migrant woman and her children famously captured on film fleeing tear gas in front of the Tijuana-San Diego border wall may be an example of defenseless Central Americans put in harms way by rock-throwing men who gambled that Border Patrol wouldnt retaliate if females and minors were present
Rodney Scott, the chief agent for the San Diego sector, told CNN on Monday morning his agents arrested 42 people who made it across the border. Thirty-nine arrests were reported on the Mexican side of the border.
The U.S. Border Patrols top agent in the San Diego region said Monday that aggressive migrants trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Sunday used women and children as human shields as they hurled rocks and debris at officers guarding a fence.
Scott said eight of those arrested were women, and there were only a few children involved. The vast majority of the people were dealing with are adult males, he said.
Carla Provost, the chief of U.S. Border Patrol, said in a Fox News Channel interview that a large group of migrants were throwing rocks and bottles at my men and women, putting them in harms way as well as other members of the caravan.
The official rejected criticism of the use of teargas on a group that included children, saying some migrants had pelted agents with rocks and debris.
We will not tolerate any form of assault or attack upon our border agents, like happened yesterday, he said, or any attempt to destroy federal property, overrun federal authorities or bring chaos and violence to American soil.
The group immediately started throwing rocks and debris at our agents, taunting our agents, he said. Once our agents were assaulted, the numbers started growing. We had two or three agents at a time initially facing hundreds of people at a time. They deployed teargas to protect themselves and to protect the border.
In an afternoon Fox News interview, National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd backed up Scotts view that migrant men are using women and children as shields while they hurled projectiles at uniformed agents.
Three agents were struck by rocks but were wearing helmets, shields and vests and were not seriously injured, Scott said. He said a number of border patrol vehicles were damaged.
Members of the migrant caravan are mostly Central Americans fleeing violence or poverty in their home countries and planning to apply for asylum in the US.
And if you look at whats happening along the border, you see whats happening. The mayor of Tijuana, he said, these are tough people. These people fight when you talk to them. These are tough people.
Democrats and other critics called the Trump administrations use of teargas toward the migrants an overreaction, and blamed the administration for rejecting efforts to address larger immigration issues.
Teargassing families seems unnecessary, Lee Gelernt, the deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants Rights Project, told CNN.
“In coordination with CBP, it was determined that forces including military police, engineering and logistics units could be shifted from Texas and Arizona to support the CBP requirements in California,” US Northern Command told Business Insider, confirming an earlier report from The Washington Post. +
Scott said numerous people made it across the border in an area where a wall is in the process of being built. Parts of the border have a dilapidated wall made of scrap metal, Scott said.
Border patrol agents clashed with hundreds of migrants Sunday at San Ysidro, one of the largest and busiest ports of entry on the US-Mexico border, after what began as a peaceful protest meant to call attention to the plight of asylum seekers turned into a mad and chaotic dash.
The group breached a couple sections of that, actually tore down one small section, started to rush across, he said. And thats another time that they started assaulting our agents. We were able to hold them back using riot techniques.
Scott said members of the group passed border patrol units chanting, waving the Honduran flag, and throwing rocks and did not surrender to apply for asylum. If they were true asylum seekers, they would have just walked up with their hands up and surrendered, he said. And that did not take place.
Some migrants attempted to enter the US illegally by forcing their way through and over barricades while others threw rocks at US border agents after they overwhelmed Mexican authorities. The crowd of migrants was driven back by rubber pullets and tear gas.
Scott claimed the caravan had pushed women and children to the front of the group, resulting in images of small children fleeing from teargas that sparked outrage – a claim that was rejected by migrants in the group.
Last week, there were 2,800 troops in Texas, 1,500 in Arizona, and another 1,500 in California. Over a period of several weeks, the active-duty military personnel deployed to these states ran over 60,000 feet of concertina (razor) wire.
The group … would push women and children towards the front, and then begin basically rocking our agents, he said. We try to target specifically the instigators, specifically the person assaulting the agents, but as you saw from the video, once that chemical is released it does go through the air.
Lurbin Sarmiento, 26, of Copán, Honduras, said she had been with her four-year-old daughter at a concrete riverbed when US agents fired the gas.
We ran, but the smoke always reached us and my daughter was choking, Sarmiento told the AP, adding that she would never have approached the border fence if she thought there would be teargas.
After allowing the so-called migrant caravan to disappear from headlines following the midterm elections, Donald Trump recaptured the energy of his base this weekend by engineering a grotesque clash between U.S. border patrol and hundreds of migrants seeking asylum. For weeks, the president had been building tensions over immigration, deploying thousands of National Guard troops, closing ports of entry, claiming new powers to block asylum-seekers caught at the border (swiftly overturned by a federal judge) and calling for the authorization of lethal force. The stage was set. Finally, on Sunday, when migrants on the Tijuana side of the border fence attempted to cross into the United States, agents fired tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd, sending dozens scrambling, including mothers with young children. “We ran, but when you run the gas asphyxiates you more,” Ana Zuniga, one of the migrants, told the Associated Press. Meanwhile, the president, who had previously instructed agents to treat rock-wielding migrants as if they were holding “a firearm,” ginned up the outrage. “Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries,” he tweeted Sunday night. “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!”
Early on Monday, Donald Trump tweeted: 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!
Whether a divided Congress can come together to regulate the tech industry is anyones guess. For one, the interests and incentives of the two parties are misaligned: conservatives have mostly focused on the argument, rarely made in good faith, that social media is biased against them, a talking point fueled by President Donald Trump himself. Under Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai, the right has also made rolling back net-neutrality provisions a key piece of its anti-tech platform—something Democrats in the House may grill Pai on, now that theyll get their chance. Commissioners and such may be testifying on a weekly basis and have to deal with aggressive congressional investigations, Robert McDowell, a former Republican F.C.C. member who now advises wireless companies, told Politico. Democrats, meanwhile, have a slate of concerns ranging from tech monopolies from the progressive wing of the party to protecting user privacy and combating misinformation on social media, as Mark Warner outlined in a recent paper that offered 20 different options for cutting Silicon Valley down to size. Rep. Khanna, while likely a sympathetic liaison for his district, which includes the corporate headquarters of Apple, Intel, and eBay, is nonetheless proposing a series of reforms, modeled on Europes new privacy laws, that could be controversial both in the Valley and with pro-business conservatives.
Forty two people were arrested after a group of migrants in Tijuana, the Mexican city, broke away from a peaceful protest and ran towards the border fencing on Sunday.
On the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Trump administration issued a terrifying report warning that if drastic steps are not taken to combat climate change, the American economy will shrink by 10 percent by the end of the century, costing the U.S. $118 billion from rising sea levels, $141 billion from heat-related deaths, and $32 billion from infrastructure damage. The second volume of the National Climate Assessment, mandated by law and distributed by 13 federal agencies, also warned that while horrifying, this outcome could be somewhat mitigated if the U.S. (and other countries) act quickly and decisively to deal with global warming. Specifically, the authors proposed three main solutions: funding clean energy research; charging companies that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere fees or taxes; and creating government regulations dictating how much greenhouse pollution can be emitted. In sum, it would require leadership that prioritizes the environment, human health, and the long-term health of the economy over short-term profits for, say, coal barons who happen to be longtime supporters of the president. That was obviously never going to happen under this POTUS, but just in case anyone was holding out hope that Donald Trump had had some kind of brain transplant over the holiday, the president put the matter to bed on Monday during this exchange with a reporter:
US border patrol agents used tear gas to force the crowd back and shut the crossing – the busiest on Americas southern border – for several hours, though it was back open on Monday.
Tearing into the company during an interview on Monday, Trump relayed his conversation with C.E.O. Mary Barra to The Wall Street Journal, telling the paper he told her, I heard youre closing your plant and warning that it better not be closed for long . . . Mary, because if it is you have a problem, like the 1920s gangster he thinks he is. To the Journal, the president repeated his vague threat about what might happen if the company doesnt immediately open a new facility in the town where they literally just announced theyll be closing the existing one. They better damn well open a new plant there very quickly, Trump told the paper. I love Ohio. I told them, youre playing around with the wrong person. Later, speaking with reporters, the president said that he was very tough with Barra, saying that he was not happy with the news and once again making a bold claim that will probably blow up in his face in short order. We have a lot of pressure on them, Trump said. I have no doubt that in a not-too-distant future, theyll put something else [in Ohio]. They better put something else in. He also claimed that his tariffs, which GM warned would undermine [its] competitiveness against foreign auto producers by . . . [increasing] global costs, have nothing to do with the layoffs.
Images of the incident showing women with children fleeing the tear gas triggered criticism of the Trump administration from some politicians and migrant rights advocates.
The episode is revealing in that it suggests Zuckerberg still thinks Facebooks core issue is a communications problem, rather than a substantive one. Hes seemed contrite in press calls and before lawmakers, professing to understand Facebooks shortcomings as a product. But internally, his response to criticism is more self-righteous. During a Q&A session with employees last week, for example, Zuckerberg reportedly called recent negative coverage bullshit. He also reportedly blamed C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg and her team for the hysteria that accompanied the revelation that millions of users personal data had been siphoned by Mercer-backed firm Cambridge Analytica, complaining that Facebook wasnt effectively managing the response. (A person familiar with Zuckerbergs thinking told the Journal that he does not recall using the word hysteria.) And hes been frustrated at Facebooks response to criticism over the past year, pressuring senior executives to make progress faster on issues like securing Facebooks platform and reversing slow user growth. (In a statement to the Journal, a Facebook spokesperson said the company has made massive investments in safety and security. While we know we have more work to do, we believe weve made progress.)
However Mr Trump, the US president, and government agencies involved defended the response and insisted on the need to secure the border with Mexico.
Perhaps it is this possibility that has gotten under Trumps skin. While he rails about the costs associated with protecting Macron and Merkel—the U.S. currently has about 60,000 troops stationed in Europe—America also benefits from billions of dollars in weapons sales to Europe. In the 2018 fiscal year alone, European countries accounted for $37.4 billion of U.S. defense companies sales—the most of any region in the world, beating out the Middle East ($22.1 billion), which was previously the biggest spender in the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years. The Macron-Merkel pivot away from the U.S. could jeopardize all that. In an interview taped Sunday, before the centenary event at the Arc de Triomphe, Macron told CNNs Fareed Zakaria that he wants Europes increased military spending to go to European companies—not American ones. What I dont want to see is European countries increasing the budget in defense in order to buy Americans and other arms or materials coming from your industry, Macron said. I think if we increase our budget, its . . . to build our autonomy and to become an actual sovereign power. As Politico notes, France happens to have one of Europes biggest defense manufacturing industries. Make France great again, indeed.
Thousands of migrants who have travelled through central America in so-called caravans heading to the US are camped in Tijuana, hoping to gain entry.
Tweeting about the incident, Mr Trump called on the Mexican government to deport the migrants to their home countries and threatened to close the border for good.
Mexico should move the flag-waving migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries, Mr Trump wrote.
“It looks like [Mexican officials] are trying to review videotape and figure out who some of these people were who stormed the border and theyre going to deport them back to their country of origin,” Doocy said.
Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are not coming into the USA. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the wall!
A report from the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations and Physicians for Human Rights found that OC sprays might contain toxic chemicals that make their side effects harder to treat.
It comes after Mr Trump turned his attention to a caravan of migrants approaching the US southern border before the midterm elections earlier this month, deploying 5,000 soldiers to help prepare for their arrival.
Critics insisted the move was a political stunt designed up to drum up concerns, but Mr Trump insisted it was a necessary step to stop illegal migration into America.
The migrants attempting to enter the United States are members of the so-called migrant caravan, which President Donald Trump criticized in the weeks leading up to the US midterm elections.
Kirstjen Nielson, the US homeland security secretary, said on Sunday that border patrol guards had been struck by projectiles thrown by caravan members.
Ron Colburn, a former Border Patrol deputy who is now president of the nonprofit Border Patrol Foundation, said using tear gas against the migrants on Sunday was “absolutely” warranted.
She called the migrants actions dangerous" and "not consistent with peacefully seeking asylum in America.
However, Lee Gelernt, the deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants Rights Project, told CNN: Tear gassing families seems unnecessary.