Daniel Halliday
Nov 28 · Last update 12 days ago.
Is it wrong to use force against illegal immigrants?
On the 25th November 2018 US Border Patrol used tear gas to disperse a migrant march that was aiming to cross the border from Tijuana. Does the US have the right to tear gas illegal immigrants when US foreign policy is at least partly responsible for said immigrants?
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It is wrong, especially as the US is partly to blame for political situations across Latin America
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It is wrong, especially as the US is partly to blame for political situations across Latin America

Using indiscriminate violence against women and children is always wrong, but it has been made much worse in this case as US foreign policy has had a direct effect on the socioeconomic landscape of countries such as Honduras. The so called “caravan” of illegal immigrants is mostly made up of Hondurans, whose country the US seems willing to support despite a high level of fraud, crime, corruption and violence in the country. United States and Honduran relations go back over 100 years but it was the Reagan administration of 80’s that lead to the deep militarisation of the country and the repression that soon followed. The Trump administration’s recognition of President Juan Orlando Hernández despite the turmoil that surrounded his illegal 2017 re-election made it clear the US do not care about the political rights of Hondurans, and violence at the border clarifies that their human rights are not held in high regard either.

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