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 Ramon Espinosa / AP

Ramon Espinosa / AP

Escalating tensions

On Sunday afternoon, a peaceful march by the migrant โ€œcaravanโ€ near the US border took a violent turn. Small groups splintered from the march and stormed the border, rushing past Mexican federal police. US officials fired tear gas to deter individuals attempting to cross the border through a fence.

Is tear gas a chemical weapon?

The Trump administration has faced significant backlash for the use of tear gas at the border. While tear gas can be classified as a chemical weapon that is illegal to use during warfare, it is legal to use in domestic situations.


LEANING LEFT:

Washington Post: Why tear gas, lobbed at migrants on the southern border, is banned in warfare

Huffington Post: Fox News Guest Defends Tear Gas Use On Migrants: You Can โ€˜Put It On Your Nachosโ€™

The left focuses on the fact that tear gas was used. They describe the effects of tear gas on a person and the reason it is no longer used in war. They highlight that innocent women and children were exposed to the gas. The left also criticizes a guest on Fox News for stating, โ€œYou could actually put [tear gas] on your nachos and eat it.โ€

LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Obama agents pepper-sprayed migrants: History challenges caravan response outrage

Washington Examiner: The migrant caravan just ruined its close-up

The right highlights that the liberal outrage is ridiculous because something similar happened under Obama in 2013. They state that the use of tear gas was necessary only because some migrants threw projectiles at US federal agents. 


Migrant political pawns?

Both sides are using the situation to push a political agenda without offering a viable solution. Conservatives are spinning the situation to highlight the aggressive actions of a small group of migrants and painting them all as undesirable characters. Liberals, on the other hand, are focusing on the images of mothers and children escaping the tear gas fired by a 'cruel' US administration.

Politics take a toll...

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