A group of elected officials from the Texas-Mexico border is criticizing Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's dance moves mocked on Twitter Trump dances to 'My Way' at inaugural ball Trump White House tells agencies to halt regulations MORE's call to "close up" borders following Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels.
"Closing our land border with Mexico would be a ridiculous staging of security theater: the practice of false efforts intended to provide the feeling of improved security while doing little or nothing to actually achieve it," the Texas Border Coalition (TBC) said Tuesday in a release.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for the attacks, which killed at least 34 people and injured more than 100.
Trump repeated his call to tighten U.S. borders in media appearances Tuesday morning after the attacks.
“We have to be very, very vigilant with who we let into this country,” he said on Fox & Friends.”
"I will tell you I’ve been talking about this for a long time. This whole thing will get worse as time goes by."
His presidential rivals joined the TBC in censuring Trump on Tuesday.
Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham Clinton'Fight Song' played at Trump inaugural ball Trump takes reins of divided nation When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it MORE said that "it's unrealistic to say that we're going to completely shut down our borders to everyone."
GOP candidate Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals MORE criticized Trump's call on Monday to defund NATO, saying it was "striking" that the city where NATO is headquartered would be "the subject of a radical Islamic terrorist attack."
According to government figures, at least $1 billion of goods pass through the southern border each day.