Daniel Halliday
Nov 28 · Last update 4 mo. 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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Tear gas represents as legal grey area
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Countries should be allowed to enforce their own laws
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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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Tear gas represents as legal grey area

Tear gas is an indiscriminate and terrifying weapon, as are all chemical weapons; however tear gas remains one of the worst acts of violence and one of the most acceptable. This grey area exists as a result of the Chemical Weapons Convention (signed by all but three nations in the world) banning the use of tear gas in war but allowing it to control civil disputes, making it legal to use on civilians, which it often is in controlling riots. But it remains a chemical weapon and can cause burns, dermatitis, temporary and permanent visual acuity loss in addition to permanent blindness and even death in some circumstances. Furthermore using force doesn’t solve the root of people engaging in civil disobedience or trying to illegally cross a border, it just temporarily disperses them while possibly causing more damage than expected.

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Countries should be allowed to enforce their own laws

As countries should be allowed to enforce laws even on none civilians, sometimes some form of force is necessary deter or stop those that are breaking a law. Tear gas is used as a nonlethal form of forceful deterrent which is utilised widely all over the world. The migrants attempting to enter the US illegally are breaking laws, and tear gas is sometimes used in American society as a means of civil control, as are guns. If people want to migrate to the US but are willing to break US law, then these normal methods of law enforcement are sadly something they will be more likely to be exposed to, and should therefore look to migrate legally.

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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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