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Trump Admin Defends Tear Gassing Children At The Border

U.S. Border Patrol agents used tear gas on a group of migrants, including women and children, who tried to cross a border fence near Tijuana illegally on Sunday. While some people are outraged at this, one person who’s not is U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Nielsen tweeted on Monday that the U.S. would “not tolerate this type of lawlessness” after the migrants allegedly threw rocks at U.S. agents and stormed a fence at the San Ysidro port of entry.

However, Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz tweeted that “anyone uncomfortable with spraying tear gas on children is welcome to join the coalition of the moral and the sane.”

And the incoming Democratic governor of California, Gavin Newsom, tweeted, “That’s not my America.”

Hmm, Newsom’s America sounds infinitely better than the one we’re currently living in, because yes, we just tear gassed kids.

A little backstory:

The situation began peacefully on Sunday, when hundreds of migrants protested, walking toward the border and chanting, “We aren’t criminals! We are hard workers!” They do, legally, have the right to apply for asylum in the U.S.

The protesters were met by Mexican police armed with riot gear and shields, but a group of a few hundred managed to break through and attempted to rush the fence on the American side. That’s when U.S. border patrol agents broke out the tear gas, according to AFP.

One woman passed out during the attack by border patrol, and at least two babies suffered, crying from the gas, per Reuters.

Joseph Garcia, 32, of Honduras, told Reuters, “They want us to wait in Mexico but I for one am desperate. My little girl is sick and I don’t even have money for milk. I can’t stand it anymore.”

On Monday, President Trump tweeted that Mexico should send the migrants, whom he referred to as “stone cold criminals,” back from whence they came.

Trump also threatened to “close the Border permanently if need be,” and demanded that Congress fund his ridiculous wall.

Written by Dean

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.