In response to reports that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents used tear gas against men, women and children crossing the US southern border late last night, Amnesty International deputy director of research Justin Mazzola issued this statement:
“Using tear gas against men, women, and children seeking protection is cruel and inhumane. There needs to be a thorough and independent investigation into the reported use of tear gas and other agents in this incident. However, this incident needs to be examined within the broader context of US policies at the border.
“The Trump administration is defying international law and orchestrating a crisis by deliberately turning asylum-seekers away from ports of entry, endangering families who see no choice but to take desperate measures in their search for protection. These dangerous policies must end immediately. The US must welcome people safely into the country while their asylum claims are reviewed.”