Tear gas is unnecessary force


Sarah Kayali

Children do not deserve tear gas fired in their faces. I don’t care what the laws say. I don’t care whether it was legal or not. Children are children. They don’t deserve to be included in these harmful acts.
American border protection agents fired tear gas into a crowd at the border of Mexico and the United States last week. They started the firing during a peaceful march carried out by a group of Migrants. The Trump Administration is using fear to keep immigrants out of the United States.
Exposure to tear gas burns the skin and eyes and makes it difficult to breathe. A photograph of mother Maria Meza with her twin daughters being tear gassed caught international attention. These children are still in diapers. Meza told BuzzFeed News, “I felt sad, I was scared. I wanted to cry. That’s when I grabbed my daughters and ran. I thought my kids were going to die with me because of the gas we inhaled.”
The president said this fight over the border is a “total winner,” but it’s not about winning or losing. It’s not about building a wall or keeping immigrants out of the country. It’s about human rights.
Donald Trump must show mercy to these migrants at the border. Firing tear gas is cruel and inhumane. I’m sure Trump wouldn’t want tear gas to be fired at him and his family, so why is he okay with it fired at other families?
And yes, Obama might have fired tear gas during his presidency too, but that doesn’t make it right either. It doesn’t matter what Obama did in the past. We should focus on what’s happening right now. Even if the nicest person on earth fired tear gas at children, it would still be inhumane and wrong.
I don’t feel bad for people firing tear gas. I feel bad for children crying because of the tear gas fired at them. I am not afraid of the peaceful protesters seeking asylum. I am afraid of the men who would tear gas them.