When the US Border Patrol fired tear gas canisters into Mexico, many wondered if those actions were legal. The windy conditions caused the gas to carry and affect women and children camped out at the site.
Mexico has now made a formal request for a full investigation into the use of tear gas. The request came from the country’s foreign ministry.
The use of tear gas at the border has led some to question whether the US is violating international law. The use of chemical weapons at the border may have also been a violation of 1925’s Geneva Convention.
Conservatives have made attempts to push back at criticism of the CBP’s use of force. Some claimed that tear gas is not a chemical weapon, but that idea has been largely debunked.
Roy Colburn, the head of the Border Patrol Foundation, declared that the tear gas used was safe and natural. He told Fox News, “You could actually put it on your nachos and eat it. So it’s a good way of deterring people without long-term harm.”
Despite pictures of children who were clearly affected by the gas, Donald Trump initially denied it was used on adolescents. When asked about the CBP’s use of the chemical he said, “We didn’t. We don’t use it on children.”
Trump reversed his course last night at a rally in Mississippi. He took the same tact as Roy Colburn claiming that the gas used was especially safe.
He also took the chance to blame mothers at the border, “Why is a parent running up into an area where they know the tear gas is forming and it’s going to be formed and they were running up with a child?”
The White House has yet to issue any response to the request from the Mexican Foreign Ministry.