TEAR GAS A SHAME, BUT NEC­ES­SARY

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - Opinion -

I read with in­ter­est the Nov. 29 column by Leonard Pitts Jr. (9A, “The day we used tear gas against chil­dren”) I share his dis­may about our bor­der agents spray­ing tear gas at Cen­tral Amer­i­can refugees at a bor­der cross­ing in San Diego.

But what re­course did those agents have? Un­for­tu­nately, some chil­dren were gassed. But from all the images of the mi­grant car­a­van that I’ve seen, the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple in it are young men.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump made it very clear the car­a­van would be turned away, and he called for the refugees to re­treat. They had to know there would be con­se­quences if they ag­gres­sively per­sisted in storm­ing the bor­der.

We aren’t talk­ing about a few hun­dred mi­grants, but thou­sands. Does Pitts se­ri­ously be­lieve we should al­low thou­sands of mi­grants from all over the world to rush our bor­ders?

I am sure Mr. Pitts has his heart in the right place, but it is time for him to have a re­al­ity check. A wall needs to be built, and this way no one will get hurt. – An­gela Ben­venuto, Ar­ling­ton

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