TEAR GAS A SHAME, BUT NECESSARY
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