DHS Secretary Says That Border Patrol Won't Shoot Back If Fired Upon By Caravan

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that she will not tolerate acts of violence against U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Washington, DC – Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has vowed to stop the massive migrant caravan from crossing the U.S. border with Mexico, and said she would not tolerate any acts of violence against U.S. Border Patrol agents.

However, she added that Border Patrol agents wouldn't return fire if people in the caravan shot at them.

“This caravan cannot come to the United States,” Nielsen told FOX News on Thursday. “They will not be allowed in. They will not be allowed to stay."

Nielsen said the agency does “not have any intention right now to shoot at people,” but said anyone trying to cross the border illegally “will be apprehended.”

When asked if agents would return fire if they're shot at, Nielsen responded "no," according to The Hill.

“I want to make clear we will absolutely not tolerate violence against Border Patrol in this situation," she added. "I will not tolerate Mexicans or anybody else acting in a violent way towards our men and women on the border."

On Thursday, President Donald Trump tweeted a message directed to the members of the caravan, and told them to go back home.

“To those in the Caravan, turnaround,” he wrote. “We are not letting people into the Unites States illegally. Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!”

The President also said he was “bringing out the military” to help stop the onslaught of illegal migrants, and called their advancement a “National Emergency,” The Hill reported.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approved the Department of Homeland Security’s request to deploy additional troops to the border on Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Pentagon will determine how many military personnel to deploy, and are expected to utilize active duty units as opposed to the National Guard, according to the paper.

President Trump previously expressed concern about intelligence information he has received regarding the presence of MS-13 gang members and criminals within the hoard of migrants.

“Terrorists have highlighted, for many years, the loopholes in our border security, Nielsen told FOX News. “We do know…there are criminals as part of this flow. We do know there are gang members as part of this flow.”

According to international authorities, some members of the group have kidnapped children during the mass movement northward, Nielsen said.

“So, it’s not all people seeking asylum,” she noted.

Nielsen explained that some members of the migrant group might mistakenly believe that reuniting with family members or looking for work in the U.S. constitutes “asylum.”

Nielsen said that migrants who are actually fleeing from violence have been offered the opportunity for asylum by the Mexican government, so continuing on to the United States is not warranted.

"They should be seeking refuge in Mexico," she said. "To ignore, basically, refuge and continue, in some cases, to come to the United States raises questions of what their real motives are."

According to agreements between many bordering countries, asylum-seekers should take refuge in the country nearest their own.

“[There’s] a misunderstanding that if you’re being persecuted, you can live wherever you want, and that’s not what that means,” Nielsen said. “There’s some real asylum cases which we want to help, but others are abusing the system.”

“Given this caravan, given this government’s commitment, if they come here illegally with no legitimate reason to stay, they absolutely will be apprehended and removed immediately,” she said.

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When FOX News asked Nielsen how the government is planning to stop the caravan from entering the U.S., she said that “everything is on the table” with regards to the options available, including the potential of cutting aid to three countries where many of the migrants originated from – El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

According to The Wall Street Journal, authorities are also considering the possibility of temporarily sealing the ports of entry along the border entirely.

The United Nations has estimated that the massive caravan has grown to approximately 7,000 people, The Washington Post reported.

The crowd is still about 1,000 miles away from the U.S. border with Mexico, but if they manage to hop aboard freight trains when they reach Arriaga, Chiapas in the next couple of days, the amount of time it would take them to reach the U.S. would be drastically reduced.

Comments (38)
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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Border securtiry won't shoot back if fired upon............really?

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

Wait, did I miss something? Shooting at DHS personnel? Do people in that caravan carry guns? As far as I know they are just migrants, not an armed column.

Lance Kilkenny
Lance Kilkenny

If Border Patrol/ICE officers have already been told that they cannot return fire if fired upon, they should already be looking for new employment. If they haven't found it by the time the invaders arrive at the border, they should refuse to deploy.

Helen Hendrickson
Helen Hendrickson

They are coming carrying the FLAG of their own country! They are being given transportation and shelter. Sounds like a sponsor is taking care of them. If they set foot on our soil it will be CATCH & RELEASE and not Fish. Our LEOs have enough of that trouble here already.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

If they are carrying guns they are an invasion force and should be dealt with accordingly.

BLM5
BLM5

If they shoot at us we SHOULD shoot back. This is an invasion and we are not Vietnam Nam where we have to be shot at first. TURN THEM AROUND AND DO NOT LET THEM EVEN CROSS THE BORDER!!!

Mama1959
Mama1959

Who is feedingvthis crowd? Where are they sleeping now? Who is supplying water in the desert? Too many questions not answered.......

unholyone
unholyone

Let me get this straight. "Everything is on the table” for stopping the invasion (not a caravan), but no shooting back if shot at? So that's off the table, and there's nothing like telegraphing the enemy with your strategy. If they're being shot at, how can they apprehend 7,000+ people? I feel sorry for the Border Patrol and the military sent there. They have no options "on the table."

Grog
Grog

WTF? ===[When FOX News asked Nielsen how the government is planning to stop the caravan from entering the U.S., she said that “everything is on the table”]=== Except shooting back if shot at!

61mouse
61mouse

she would not tolerate any acts of violence against U.S. Border Patrol agents.

However, she added that Border Patrol agents wouldn't return fire if people in the caravan shot at them.

Hey Blondie can't have both

61mouse
61mouse

Set up water and pepper cannons

magnumforc
magnumforc

She speaks with foked tongue. Will not tolerate violence against our agents but will not allow them to shoot if shot at? WTF? Is she on psychotropics or??

magnumforc
magnumforc

"if they manage to hop aboard freight trains when they reach Arriaga, Chiapas in the next couple of days, the amount of time it would take them to reach the U.S. would be drastically reduced." If they fall under the trains, the time for interment will be reduced even further....

TangoTango
TangoTango

So when did Trump step down and let Obama start running Homeland Security???

If the Border Patrol can’t fire back if fired upon, the USA is sending a big message to Terrorists and anyone else to come shoot those standing in your way at the border!!! I’ve never heard of such asinine Country-crippling orders since the Korean War and Vietnam War when they made our troops stop fighting to allow the enemy to regroup.

I’d bet this whole thing has been set up by Soros, Obama, Clinton’s and other DemonRats to cause problems for Trump!!!

How many Border Patrol Agents are going to stand by while their brother gets shot and do nothing??? DHS Secretary is asking for a Border Patrol Strike!!!

You give the Border Patrol firearms and every other day the order is if fired on, you can return fire, but since this is a large group who plans to overrun the Border Patrol, now they cannot fire back? Right. Typical politician.

Mic911
Mic911

Screw her!!! Obviously she has never been in a situation before herself, someone fires on me, I'm firing back.

flagwaver
flagwaver

We are damned if we do shoot back and damned if we don't. If those invaders take shots at our military and a service member is hit, then I will be satisfied with damned if we do! God bless America and God bless our military and God bless our President and God bless Back the Blue

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

If they were fired upon and returned fire, could you imagine the blood bath? It would be a huge international incident. It would be a complete disaster. Also it would play right into the open border idiots hands. They are making the right call.

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

"Border Patrol agents wouldn't return fire if people in the caravan shot at them." then way the hell are they there. If assholes is mob know this what keeps them from shooting at our agents? Where the hell did Trump get this lily liver piece of crap

TellMeTheTruth
TellMeTheTruth

These two statements can not both be true. They certainly SHOULD be allowed to fire in self defense!

When asked if agents would return fire if they're shot at, Nielsen responded "no," according to The Hill.

“I want to make clear we will absolutely not tolerate violence against Border Patrol in this situation," she added. "I will not tolerate Mexicans or anybody else acting in a violent way towards our men and women on the border."

TellMeTheTruth
TellMeTheTruth

So, if they are shot at, what are they options? Try to run from a bullet? No! Stand there? No! Lay down? No! She says they will not shoot back, if shot at, but then says she will not tolerate violence. Does that mean she will shoot for them, if fired on?

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

If you're not letting your agents shoot back it certainly sounds like you're tolerating lots of violence. If you tolerate getting shot at with no response you're an idiot.

DeplorablePatriot
DeplorablePatriot

If they shoot at a border patrol agent or military personnel it's self defense to fire back, this isn't a humanitarian mission.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

These "refugees" will use women holding children as shields so they won't be shot at. This shows great love for their kids and the newsies will photograph them crying in terror, oh please, they are putting the kids in danger. Let Nielson stand in the front row when the shooting starts, maybe she'll change her mind.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Funny, there has been no violence connected to this caravan, and that's exactly why they travel in numbers. For protection against those that might do them harm.

Why do people here think this group will suddenly get violent at the US border?