On Nov. 25, 2018, U.S. border agents used tear gas against foreigners trying to illegally cross the Mexican-U.S. border.
Trump stated that the use of tear gas was for self-defense against “tremendous violence.” Border protection personal was attacked and injured by thrown rocks as large amounts of the illegal aliens charged towards the border fence.
An illegal alien is someone that attempts to enter and live in a country, which they are not a citizen in, without following the country’s border laws correctly. In contrast, an immigrant is someone that legally enters and lives in a foreign country permanently.
Due to the fact that these foreigners were attempting to enter the country through the secured border instead of an approved legal check point, they are considered illegal aliens.
Many people are disagreeing with the choice of using tear gas on the people because of how ‘extreme’ it is.
Tear gas is a chemical agent that is used as a weapon for stopping large crowds of people. It irritates the mucus membranes and can cause victims to cry, sneeze, cough, have difficulty breathing, feel pain in the eyes and temporary blindness.
Tear gas is non-lethal and not used with an intention to kill. There are no recorded deaths or serious injuries from the event.
President Trump has always made his border security ideas very clear. His goal is to keep all Mexican foreigners out of the country until legal courts have decided their cases.
“Nobody's coming into our country unless they come in legally," Trump said during a speech in Mississippi.
Using tear gas on these foreign families and their young children is a controversial topic and has caused negative backlash towards President Trump, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Some argue that it is a violation of human rights, while others say that it’s the correct way to prevent illegal aliens from entering the country.
Homeland Security statistics show that only a few years ago, when Barack Obama was in office, tear gas was still being used and actually used much more often than it is now.
Use of tear gas is not the most dangerous or extreme way countries are keeping foreigners away from their borders. Countries such as Morocco use land mines.
Soon after this event occurred, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen released a statement saying, “The accepted use of nonlethal force (also used by the Obama Administration) prevented further injury to agents and a mass illegal rush across the border.”
The use of tear gas on the border is still being heavily debated between officials, and its future use is questionable.