"Entering our country illegally, particularly over our walls, is not only unsafe, but also very foolish", said Rodney Scott, San Diego's Chief Border Patrol Agent, according to KFMB.
Donald Trump has insisted migrants heading towards the United States are "not coming in" as he demanded Mexico be responsible for sending those seeking asylum in America back to their home countries.
The San Ysidro port of entry, which processes an estimated 90,000 travelers per day, remained closed for several hours. "They did so safely and without any reported serious injuries on either side of the border", McAleenan said.
"DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons", she said.
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Numerous migrants say they want to apply for asylum in the United States, but USA border authorities are processing only a small number of asylum seekers per day, so frustration has grown. "We are worldwide workers", reported 10 News.
In an interview Monday with CNN, the chief Border Patrol agent for the San Diego sector challenged the network's characterization of the surge on the border by migrants Sunday as a "peaceful protest" of women and children gone awry, noting the vast majority of arrests were of adult males who did not qualify for asylum. "Congress, fund the WALL!".
Mexico's National Migration Institute said that 98 migrants were being deported after the attempted breach. Sunday's incident began after hundreds marched to the border to try to call attention to their plight.
USA border patrol agents used tear gas to force the crowd back and shut the crossing - the busiest on America's southern border - for several hours, though it was back open on Monday.
"We were told that if we crossed (the first barrier) they would give us asylum, because we were already in the United States", said Flor Jimenez, a 32-year-old Honduran woman who was among those who turned back along with her husband, sister and young daughter. Officials said the tactics could save lives. While Trump's base appears to be thrilled with the tough stance on the border (at least judged by Fox & Friends reactions), while critics see shooting tear gas/pepper spray into Mexican territory as an overreaction to rocks being thrown at border agents.
Border Patrol Agent Joseph Ralph told The Associated Press that he had been hit by rocks 20 times between 1987 and 2007. The ministry said that those found to have taken part in the violence would be expelled immediately. "I think it would be bad policy and I think it would be morally repugnant", he said, "but the administration would be on better legal footing". He heard about it from others and chose to leave "to avoiding getting beaten".