WASHINGTON D.C. (Nexstar)- President Donald Trump is trying to stop hundreds of migrants seeking asylum in the United States.
“They are not coming into the United States. They will not be coming into our country,” he said.
On Sunday U.S. authorities shut the country’s busiest southern border crossing and fired tear gas at migrants trying to cross the border illegally.
Maria Teresa Kumar with “Voto Latino” says the situation should have never happened.
“The fact that we knew for over two months that this caravan was approaching and our government’s response was to tear gas the majority of folks that were seeking asylum is shocking,” she said.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the action on Twitter, saying agents only used tear gas after migrants started throwing rocks at them, but Kumar says the President’s response to shut down the border is cruel and unnecessary and may not be legal.
“The president found a loophole and his loophole was to disrupt 90,000 people who cross that border every day for business of commerce to basically prevent mothers and children and fathers from seeking asylum at our borders,” Kumar said.
Mexican officials say the migrants who tried to enter the U.S. will be deported, but Kumar says that doesn’t address the hundreds of asylum-seeking migrants still en route to the U.S.- Mexico border.
Kumar says Congress needs to step in and restore humanity to the border.
“They need to have an oversight committee of the disruptions and basically the overstep that the Trump administration and their cabinet are doing.”
The president is also looking to Congress for a permanent fix and using Twitter to urge them to fund his long-promised border wall.