Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 11.45.30 AMMigrants got pushed away by Macedonian police Sunday after trying to scale the fence separating Greece from Macedonia. Police used tear gas, stun grenades, plastic bullets and later a water cannon in attempts to keep the migrants at bay and they responded by throwing rocks at the police.    Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 11.45.38 AM

The clashes began soon after some 500 migrants gathered close to the fence. Activists had distributed fliers, in Arabic, Saturday, calling for the migrants to gather at the fence Sunday morning. A delegation of five migrants asked Macedonian police whether the border was about to open. When Macedonian police denied this, over a hundred migrants, including several children, tried to scale the fence.Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 11.45.03 AM

Macedonia and other Balkan countries to its north have shut their borders, closing what was the busiest migrant route to central Europe. The European Union has since put an end to the hopes of many migrants, saying it would only accept war refugees from Syria and Iraq as well as those from other countries who are eligible for asylum.

America should protect its borders in the same way.

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