Tired of all this political nonsense?

Sign up and get inspired everyday

Violence on the US-Mexico Border

Mayhem consumed the border. For weeks, thousands of migrants have been heading toward the US border from Tijuana into San Diego.

In late November, they finally made it to the border and it erupted into a battlefield. Tear gas rained on families, including toddlers and babies.

People, in hope of starting a new life in the land of opportunity, were beaten down and forced to return to a life that is not safe for them. At least 500 people were part of the migrant caravan. The march was organized from Tijuana towards the border.

They planned on entering through San Ysidro Port of Entry. On their march, they yelled, “We aren’t criminals! We are hard workers!”

Once they cleared the security cordon, the march turned into a run across the border.  Most of the migrants are from Honduras with some from Guatemala and El Salvador.

They have traveled through Central America and Mexico to try and seek refuge in America. Some traveled as far as 3000 miles.

As many dashed through the border, 42 managed to cross. However, those 42 were found and arrested for charges such as disturbing the peace.

98 were arrested on the South side of the border by Mexican authorities. There are no reports of anyone successfully crossing the border without any repercussions.

According to the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, the tear gas was used in response to large rocks being thrown from the Mexican border. Agents in California were hit by these rocks but were not injured due to their protective gear.

The U.S. forces were granted approval to use lethal force against the caravan by President Trump.

Many claimed that rubber bullets were used on the migrants, but McAleenan claims the U.S. Customs and Border Protection does not have rubber bullets in their inventory. He describes that they used “other projectiles”.

Mothers with children at hand were running through clouds of tear gas. Though President Trump denies that tear gas was used on children, photos prove otherwise.

In these pictures, children in Disney princess shirts, bare feet, or in diapers are seen running from the clouds of tear gas. Many migrant accounts describe children choking in their mother’s arms as they flee from the gas. Screams filled the San Ysidro port of entry.

On Sunday, California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom tweeted:

As of late, Trump has demanded the construction of the wall on the border. Trump’s proposed 5-billion-dollar wall has caused the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

He claims that he will not give up until he receives the funding for the wall. This is all at the expense of thousands being unpaid due to the shutdown.

Source: Takver

A chemical weapon was used on families attempting to seek refuge in America. Since the start of Trump’s presidency, tension has begun to build on the border. The crisis on the border was the breaking point.

Seeking asylum is not illegal. We are a nation built on immigrants and using lethal force on immigrants is a violation of human rights.

By: Vivianna Shields



Guns in America – Voices

Guns in America – Voices

“I’m definitely in support of gun control in America because I don’t believe guns make people safer; they just promote…


More Than A National Pride Parade

For Puerto Ricans nationwide, the 2018 National Puerto Rican Day Parade was much different than past times, as it stood…

Mental Health – Voices

Mental Health – Voices

“The scale is both my best friend and my worst enemy. I need it. If I went more than a…

Guns in America – Voices

Guns in America – Voices

“They were designed to kill, and I think if one is present, that is what will inevitably happen.” Atlanta, GA…

Source: Gage Skidmore/ Flickr

Black Panther – Modern Day Black Hero

“That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of…


Dark “Kawaii”: Incorporating Harsh Societal Ills into Japanese Cute Culture

In Japan, there is a phrase known as “kawaii,” meaning “cute” or “adorable,” often associated with a youthful, feminine look.…

Self-Expression – Voices

Self-Expression – Voices

“I always hated the feeling that I had that I wasn’t like everyone else. Therefore, I decided to scandalize people…

Body Image – Voices

Body Image – Voices

“Being a plus size girl is acceptable and sometimes even praised in societies but I wish it was like that…

Taking A Leap Of Faith

Taking A Leap Of Faith

“He was not shady, depressed, angry at the world, or looking to use me. In fact, we both wanted the…