The US Defends the Use of Tear Gas: The immigration agents “had to use it, because they had an avalanche of very hard people, and they used tear gas.” The important thing is this: nobody is going to enter our country unless he enters legally, “Trump said in the White House.
President Donald Trump threatened on Monday the “permanent” closure of the border with Mexico and defended the use of tear gas on Sunday when hundreds of immigrants seeking to enter the country by force after opening a breach in the border area in San Diego, California.
In the confrontation, several people were injured and 69 immigrants were arrested in the vicinity of the international booth of San Ysidro, California after a large group of demonstrators managed to open a metal fence and enter the US, although they were later arrested.
These events led President Trump to lash out on Twitter against the caravan of immigrants, among whom, he said, there are “criminals” and asked Mexico to deport them to their countries of origin.
Already in statements to the press, the president supported the measure of the agents to consider that they were facing an “avalanche” and wanted to make clear that his decision responds to a basic idea: “Nobody enters the country unless they do it legally.”
The immigration agents “had to use it, because they had an avalanche of very hard people, and they used tear gas.” The important thing is this: nobody is going to enter our country unless he enters legally, “Trump said in the White House.
However, San Diego Border Patrol’s sector chief, Rodney Scott, told CNN on Monday that “many people” would have entered the United States through sections that have not been able to reinforce the wall with Tijuana ( Mexico).
The Commissioner of the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Kevin McAleenan, explained that the use of pepper gas was necessary to prevent “a dangerous situation from becoming even worse”.
McAleenan said the measure, which included the use of rubber balls, was justified by the onslaught of almost “a thousand people” who were part of the caravan of migrants who arrived in recent days to the border between Tijuana and San Diego to apply for asylum.
In these disturbances, said McAleenan, four officers were assaulted with stones and other projectiles, although they were not wounded since they were wearing anti-riot equipment.
The situation on the California border is such that the Department of Defense (DOD) announced Monday that, after analyzing it with CBP, in recent days moved to California to 300 soldiers who were deployed in Texas and Arizona.
These soldiers, which include military police and logistic units and engineers, reinforce the Safe Line Operation under which the Government deployed about 5,600 soldiers along the dividing line with Mexico, including 1,800 in California.
However, after the confrontation of the day before, the border crossing returned to normal on Monday and there were no delays beyond the usual and without any special operation could be seen in its surroundings.
However, the bad news came to the Trump Administration in the form of numerous criticisms against the actions of federal agents when using these methods against a group of people, among whom were also minors.
“Under no circumstances should CBP use tear gas against children, and this demonstration of violence is outrageous and inhumane,” said Lorella Praeli, deputy political director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
“These are not the values of our nation, we must reject the President’s lies in his attempt to criminalize and dehumanize families seeking asylum,” he added.
Congressman Joaquín Castro, who is part of the Foreign Affairs Committee for Congress, called the decision to use tear gas ” cruel, unnecessary and inconsistent with who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation.”
The Democrat urged the government to work to stabilize the Northern Triangle of Central America (Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala), where most of the migrants’ caravans come from and thus address the root of the problem.
“Closing our borders and spraying gas to vulnerable populations is not the answer, and we can and should act better as a nation,” Castro added of what happened on Sunday, which included closing for five hours on the same day as the San Ysidro border crossing. , considered the busiest in the world.
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