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My view: all about the caravan

Matthew Kornmeier '21, Staff Writer

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As many may know, in recent days a migrant caravan from Central America has reached the U.S. border, causing violence between members of the caravan and the U.S. Border Patrol. The interactions between the agents and the migrants at the San Ysidro port of entry have caused liberals to lash out against President Donald Trump, and the way he is handling the situation.

The violence all started when migrants began throwing rocks at U.S. Border Patrol agents in attempts to breach the border. The agents responded by using tear gas on the migrants to get them to back off. In the eyes of some on the left, this is considered “use of excessive force,” but it is simply self defense, and the agents have every right to defend themselves, whether it be by using tear gas or any other method of self defense.

The left criticizing the Trump administration for using tear gas, a non-lethal weapon, to deter these violent migrants out of self defense is hypocritical for the reason that the same situation occurred under the Obama administration in 2013. According to Fox News, in 2013, approximately 100 migrants attempted to breach the border at the same port of entry in San Ysidro, and border patrol agents used tear gas to fend them off.

For the left to criticize Trump for defending our borders is blatantly hypocritical, considering the Obama administration handled the same situation the same way without criticism. If you disagree with how the situation is being handled, your problem isn’t with Trump; it is with the U.S. constitution, because Trump is doing exactly what the law obides him to do.

The caravan also claims that they are seeking asylum from the horrors going on in their home countries. If that was the case, these migrants would take asylum in Mexico where they have been offered it, but they only seem focused on coming in to the U.S. If these migrants really wanted to be a part of America, they would enter the country legally through due process, instead of disrespecting our laws and inciting violence against our law enforcement.

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