Migrant Caravan seeking Asylum Is tear-gassed at U.S-Mexican Border

By Max Parrish

On October 13th, 2018, the now well-known migrant caravan departed San Pedro Sula, located approximately 1,000 miles South of Mexico City. Exactly one month later, the caravan arrived at the US-Mexico border. Now, the children, men and women who took part in the caravan have set up tents and bed rolls essentially camping at the border staging protests and attempting to receive asylum from the US, but President Trump is adamant to keep them out of our country.

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This past weekend, protests got heated as the U.S. Customs and Border Control said that its personnel had been assaulted and hit by stones, and in an on the spot response, the soldiers threw tear gas towards the caravan. Trump defended the use of tear gas, adding that it was “very safe” and a “very minor form” of the gas. This statement was refuted by journalist Natasha Pizzy who was on the scene. She posted a tweet, saying, “‘Minor form of tear gas’?! I felt [the tear gas] burning my face [from] [hundreds of] yards away.” After the demonstration from the U.S., Mexico’s foreign ministry sent a diplomatic letter expressing their concern stating: “Four agents were hit with rocks, but were wearing protective gear and did not suffer serious injuries.” while the civilians were gassed and suffered the effects of the tear gas.

Speaking in Mississippi, Trump said,”Here’s the bottom line: Nobody’s coming into our country unless they come in legally.” The migrant caravan had traveled to the border in order to seek asylum in the U.S., but President Trump signed an order blocking asylum for migrants who enter the U.S. illegally, but this new order contradicts the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. This act states that any foreigner entering the US ,”whether or not at a designated port of arrival,” has the legal ability to apply for asylum, but President Trump tried to overrule the law by signing a presidential proclamation. U.S. District Judge, Jon Tigar, appointed by President Barack Obama, wrote, “Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.” Tigar also issued a temporary restraining order, forbidding the Trump Administration from enforcing the new decree until the December 19th, when the court date proceeds.

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