For I Was A Stranger and You Tear-Gassed Me and Then Denied It


After the tear gas. Twitter photo

Rage and horror fatigue from seeing the spectacle of U.S. thugs of the state use chemical weapons against poor, brown, terrified, exhausted people, many of them children, seeking to escape nightmarish political conditions that we often helped create. The atrocity came after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents closed down San Ysidro Port of Entry between Tijuana and California, stranding hundreds of thousands of travelers and deliberately slowing the processing of entirely legal asylum cases by already distraught people; cursed with one more hardship, about 30 frustrated migrants tried to take down the fence, and a few others threw stones. Once again, they were victims of mindless, cruel incompetence by those in power, who have known for weeks the migrants were coming. If they were normal, sentient humans, they could have sent tents or buses or medical workers or case managers. Because they're not, they sent tear gas.

As appalling as the vile actions - there was no more reason to close the crossing than there was to lock kids in cages - are the viler reactions. Citing the handful of futile stones tossed, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the migrants "sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them." Dismissing outrage at attacking women and children with tear gas, the racist morons at Fox blathered no worry - it's natural and you can put it on tacos - while resident Fascist Tomi Lahren declared the sight "the highlight" of her weekend. Likewise rejecting criticism, the CBP's head henchman said gassing people "prevented a dangerous situation from getting worse." And Liar-In-Chief Trump - "The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears" - said it didn't happen, and besides, these were "stone-cold criminals." In Nazi Germany, it's said, a third of the people killed another third, while a third watched. Speak up, help out, and, seriously, fuck these people and what they're doing to our country.


One of Trump's stone-cold criminals. Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

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