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December 12, 2018

President Trump claims migrants ‘grab’ children at border to gain advantage when entering U.S.

November 27, 2018
President Trump claimed migrants “grab” children before trying to cross into the United States. (Ramon Espinosa / AP)

A day after Border Patrol fired tear gas on a group of migrants trying to enter the United States, President Trump claimed that some of the children in the crowd had been “grabbed” by adults who thought they would have better luck crossing the border.

“In some cases, you know, they’re not the parents,” Trump said between rallies in Mississippi Monday.




“These are people, they call them grabbers, they grab a child because they think they’re going to have a certain status by having a child. You have certain advantages, in terms of our crazy laws, that frankly Congress should be changing.”

He also questioned why women and children are trying to cross the border.

Thousands of migrants fled violence and economic hardship in their own countries and traveled through Mexico to the U.S. border where they hoped to gain asylum.

On Sunday, about 500 of the 5,000 migrants camped out at a sports complex in Tijuana attempted to broach the border by going over or through it.

Customs and Border Protection said four border agents were hit by rocks before firing tear gas into the crowd of approaching migrants. The agents were all wearing protective gear and were not seriously injured.

One mother, who was photographed with her daughters running in front of the tear gas Sunday, told Buzzfeed News that Border Patrol agents fired at least three canisters at them as they stood in front of the border fence.

“I felt sad, I was scared. I wanted to cry. That’s when I grabbed my daughters and ran,” Maria Meza, a 39-year-old mother of five, said. “I thought my kids were going to die with me because of the gas we inhaled.”

Kirstjen Nielsen, the Secretary of Homeland Security, made similar allegations to Trump late Monday when she accused the migrants of using the “limited number of women and children in the caravan…as ‘human shields.’”

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