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PHOTOS: Over Thanksgiving, Border Patrol Agents Tear-Gassed Children and Families at the Border

 

‘These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas,’ read one headline in the Washington Post by Tim Elfrink and Fred Barbash. Over Thanksgiving weekend, U.S. CBP agents fired tear gas at a group of migrants — including many small children and babies — seeking asylum in the U.S. “Babies are scared and crying,” wrote journalist Wendy Fry on Twitter.

The incident occurred on November 25, after the Trump Administration temporarily closed San Ysidro border crossing, the country’s busiest. The White House had also shortly beforehand approved the use of force for troops on the border, which critics called a dangerous precedent that might fail legal muster. The port was closed because, as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, action was needed “to ensure public safety in response to large numbers of migrants seeking to enter the U.S. illegally” — a highly questionable statement considering that migrants, under international and U.S. law, are supposed to be able to come to the border to seek asylum. (The Trump Administration has turned them away before.) When some migrants protested the border closure, border agents escalated the situation. As EJ Montini wrote at the Arizona Republic, “Real tear gas used on mothers and children at Donald Trump’s fake border crisis.”

The shocking actions of CBP were widely condemned by advocates and politicians alike. Here are some of the tweets from the border and responses from Twitter:

Here are more reactions.

Here more photos of CBP firing tear gas on mothers and children at the border.

And below are videos, courtesy of journalists Alex Mensing and Jeff Valenzuela via Viri Vidal: