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Tear Gas Used on Migrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border

What started off as a peaceful march at the United States-Mexico border turned into a horrific scene when U.S. border agents fired tear gas at migrants who tried to cross the border. President Trump justified the incident involving the agents as, “had to use (force) because they were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas.” There are several photos circulating the media pertaining to the incident and the majority of them show not only men but women and children being affected by the tear gas attack. President Trump has denied that the agents used tear gas on children stating, “We didn’t. We don’t use it on children.” That is far from the truth due to the fact that there is a widely circulated photo of a mother running away from the attack with her children. These migrants are simply attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in order to seek asylum. They are leaving their homes due to violence in their country and are trying to seek a better life for not only themselves but their loved one. It is stated in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that, “everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” A spokesman for the United Nations refugee agency, Babar Baloch, stated that, “Any person whose life is at risk in their country of origin must be able to access territory and request asylum in a safe country…And each asylum request should be considered individually.” It is disheartening to see asylum seekers travel for miles to find a refuge to only be attacked by tear gas. Though there seems to be no end to the U.S. governments efforts in stopping immigration all together there is still hope in people fighting for asylum seekers rights. If you have any questions in regards to seeking asylum please don’t hesitate to consult with an immigration attorney.

Mercedes Riggs