The "chaos" at America's southern border led to another violent clash between migrants and Border Patrol agents on New Year's Day, one expert revealed.
Former Acting ICE director Thomas Homan was on Fox News Wednesday morning and said it's time Democrats started working with the White House to address border security.
"The men and women of the Border Patrol have a right to defend themselves. They took a sworn duty to defend that border, they also have the responsibility to protect themselves," Homan said. "If these illegal aliens are throwing stones, the use of tear gas is a minimum use of force necessary to protect themselves.
"It's gonna happen again, this is the second time it's happened … there's chaos on that border, which the Democrats don't seem to grasp."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez was also on Fox News and provided more insight into the most recent clash.
Perez said 150 people amassed at the border and started to breach the fence. They put women and children ahead of them and the Border Patrol agents who responded rushed down to help them so they wouldn't get hurt on concertina wire at the U.S. side of the border.
At that point, Perez said the migrants behind them started throwing rocks at the agents, which forced them to deploy tear gas.
"In interviewing and some of the initial reports that I've received and interviewing some of the migrants that were apprehended, they did admit that they absolutely intended to breach the border in a violent way, to put women and children ahead of the rock throwers, and to engage the agents again as violently as they did," Perez said. "I think it speaks to this ongoing border security, and now humanitarian, crisis that we are experiencing at the border at unprecedented levels."
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