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Senator Condemns US Agents For ‘Spraying Tear Gas On Children’ At Southern Border


Senator Condemns US Agents For ‘Spraying Tear Gas On Children’ At Southern Border

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, condemned the use of tear gas against Central American migrants who attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday.

“WHO GAVE THE ORDER?” Schatz tweeted on Sunday.

“Anyone uncomfortable with spraying tear gas on children is welcome to join the coalition of the moral and the sane,” he wrote in a subsequent tweet. “We can argue about other stuff when we’ve got our country back.”

The Associated Press reported that U.S. Border Patrol agents shot several rounds of tear gas after some migrants attempted to penetrate several points along the border at the San Ysidro border crossing between Tijuana, Mexico, and California.

The AP reported that the breeze carried the tear gas “hundreds of yards,” causing parents to run away with their “choking toddlers.”

“We ran but when you run, the smoke smothers you more,” a woman from Honduras told the news service.

The L.A. Times reports:

Board Patrol officials said they used the tear gas after migrants threw objects at them. The gas was used to “dispel the group because of the risk to agents’ safety. Several agents were hit by the projectiles,” the agency said in a statement.

The dramatic images of the clash were already being used by the various sides of the immigration debate. Backers of President Trump’s crackdown said the events showed the need to secure the border, while some critics said they were disturbed to see tear gas used on the group, which included some children.

“Children screamed and coughed in the mayhem of the tear gas. Fumes were carried by the wind toward people who were hundreds of feet away, not attempting to enter the U.S.,” reports The Dallas News. “Yards away on the U.S. side, shoppers streamed in and out of an outlet mall.”

“We ran, but when you run the gas asphyxiates you more,” said Honduran Ana Zuniga, 23, who told the AP while cradling her 3-year-old daughter Valery in her arms.


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