Rights groups question the legality of that proclamation, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph DeSio said was issued to deter illegal crossings.
Ms. Pavlich reports this week in Yuma, Arizona, a number of individuals were caught dropping children over the border fence. The toddler suffered minor injuries to her face during the crossing, according to authorities.
Several dozen migrants, frustrated with being stuck at the Mexican border, Monday breached the fence in hopes of being allowed to apply for asylum after being arrested on the United States' side.
All members of the group were taken into custody.
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At least one person on the Mexico side was spotted helping adult members of the family traverse the wall at a point near the San Luis port of entry in Arizona, according to CBP. Another three managed to squeeze themselves through a narrow space in the fence.
Karen Mayeni, a 29-year-old Honduran mother with three children aged between 6 and 12, told Reuters that she was standing by and watching others penetrating the border and "waiting to see what happens". "We'll figure out what to do in a couple of days".
As McAleenan told Fox News, numerous migrants were "lured" to the United States because they were promised entry because of weak laws - even though many of them do not qualify for amnesty.
But about 90 minutes later, she and her children were seen on the US side of the border, according to the report.
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The incident is the latest in a growing list of chaotic happenings on the border in recent weeks, with the arrival of the migrant caravan in Baja California.
Last week city authorities bussed them to a concert venue that now acts as a federally run shelter, 14 miles to the south. "We've got over 7,000 migrants there".
He has sent troops to the border and issued an order denying the possibility of asylum to migrants crossing the southern border illegally - but that order has since been halted by a USA federal judge.
The family attempted to cross illegally because they said they didn't feel safe in Tijuana, where numerous locals are not happy about the thousands of migrants awaiting asylum in their city. "That's not fair. How do you think people from Tijuana feel towards those people who are making problems?"
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