by Andrea Lee (Staff Reporter)
“I say, why are they there? First of all, the tear gas is a very minor form of the tear gas itself. It’s very safe.” Those were the words stated by President Donald Trump on his Twitter account when asked about the U.S. Border Patrol tear gassing migrant protesters that were standing on Mexican soil.
To answer the president’s question, the group of more than 7,000 Central American migrants were there seeking asylum in America.
The caravan left the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Oct. 13, hoping to find work and a better life in Mexico or the U.S., away from the crime, poverty and their dangerously high murder rate.
Needless to say, Trump was not going to welcome them with open arms. Trump tweeted, ”To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally. Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!” So when the caravan arrived on the Mexican side of the border, Trump’s wall was in full effect. Although it was not a wall of stone or metal, it was a wall of tear gas.
The migrants were not trying to force there way into America but instead were peacefully protesting in hopes of asylum. Border Patrol then started firing rubber bullets and great masses of tear gas towards two groups approaching the border. One of the groups included families with small children attempting to hide from the gas.
If you have seen the footage of what happened on Nov. 25, you would have seen how desperate those parents were to shield their children. The wind caused people to be affected by the gas from up to a kilometer.
Imagine having to move to a different state and how hard that would be. You would be leaving your friends and family. Saying goodbye to everything you have ever known but it would be okay because you will always have the option of returning. The people who boarded that bus to come to America went through that, but their situation was so much worse. They had to worry about staying alive and if their children would be able to grow up. When they said goodbye to their homeland they knew they were saying goodbye forever. These people are desperate to have a better life for themselves and their family. They are risking everything to live the dream that America promises just like every other American citizen and their ancestors.
America was built on the backs of immigrant and they used to be welcome with open arms. What changed? When did seeing children being tear gassed become the new normal and why are so many Americans okay with that? When Trump was elected it sparked a new wave in this country of hate speech and racism and it has to end. People are begging for our help and we can not just turn the other cheek. Not only is it the right thing to do but it would help our economy. It is a proven fact that immigrants and undocumented workers do the jobs that American born citizens do not do like hard labor and unwanted domestic work.
This greatly benefits the companies hiring them because it not only fills the positions that are unwanted, but they also would make these companies large sums of money each year. This would benefit everyone; the companies, customers, and the immigrants themselves.
When thinking about this situation I only asking you to do one thing, think about how your family came to live in America and if you would have wanted them to be treated this way.
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