U.S. Catholics respond to use of tear gas at the border

Catholic News Agency | 11/27/2018 | Staff
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Washington D.C., Nov 27, 2018 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- Catholic groups have reacted to the use of tear gas at the U.S. - Mexico border Sunday, calling the situation “sad,” and expressing concern about the instability of the situation at the border.

The comments came in response to an incident Nov. 25, in which U.S. Customs and Border Patrol deployed tear gas against a crowd at the San Ysidro border crossing near Tijuana, Mexico.

Incident - Port - Entry - Migrants - Caravan

The incident, which closed the port of entry, involved migrants from the so-called “migrant caravan” from Central America, many of whom have expressed a desire for asylum status in the United States. Some members of the caravan, which has been in Tijuana for the past several days, attempted to enter the U.S. in a large group, resulting in a confrontation with Mexican law enforcement.

U.S. border officials said that officers had rocks and other objects thrown at them from the crowd. In response, the border was closed for several hours and tear gas was used to break up the group.

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The use of tear gas is not permitted by international law in situations of war, but is permitted for law-enforcement use.

“We are sad that such force has been used,” said Bill Canny, the executive director of the USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services, in a statement provided to EWTN.

Reports - Cooperation - Mexico - US - Border

“The reports of better cooperation between Mexico and the US are encouraging as this is an important border issue for both countries. We are of course most interested in the well-being of those fleeing violence, persecution, and severe economic deprivation, and expect our laws and international laws vis a vis asylum seekers and migrants will be respected,” he added.

Canny’s sentiment was echoed by Lawrence E. Couch, the director of the National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

Statement - Couch

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