FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 26, 2018
Delaney Condemns Use of Tear Gas at the Border
WASHINGTON – On Sunday, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials fired tear gas at migrants seeking asylum near the border at San Isidro, California.
Democratic presidential candidate Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:
“President Trump’s administration’s use of tear gas at the border this weekend was excessive, damaging to our international standing and should be condemned by leaders in both parties. It is especially troubling that this step was taken with so many women and children present. Their aggressive and bellicose actions, following the direction of the White House, are escalating the situation.
“We have a humanitarian crisis at the border and a humanitarian crisis in Central America. Instead of trying to solve the problem, President Trump sees this as a political opportunity and his actions make clear he doesn’t have much interest in border security. Because ultimately, it is in our own national best interest if there are not millions of people suffering from extreme violence, poverty and a lack of human rights in the Americas.
“For decades the United States has welcomed people from around the world who are seeking asylum. It has been one of the best things we have done and we have a very rigorous process in place that balances human rights with proper vetting. Instead of using tear gas and dreaming about more walls, we should show compassion to those fleeing death and destruction.”