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Hawaii’s Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz tweeted his outrage over the tear gas on Sunday, suggesting it was a violation of the chemical weapons convention before deleting the tweet.
But California will have to search with determination to find the means to sue the Federal Government over border control, since that responsibility does not belong to state jurisdiction.
Should President Trump shut the border down now with no more warnings about it or delay?
— Amanda Shea (@TheAmandaShea) November 26, 2018
California did not sue the previous adminstration of President Barack Obama for using force at the border to repel people crossing the border through non-ports-of-entry. Obama-era Border Patrol used tear gas and pepper spray more than 500 times to discourage illegal entry into the United States.
Bacerra suggested to Reuters that California could find an excuse to intervene in the border dispute if a resident of the state is somehow involved in border policy.
“I can act unless the rules are on our side,” he said.
Were bedwetting progressives too young to remember that Obama routinely allowed use of tear gas throughout both terms and still got a Nobel Peace Prize? Yet, Trump does it once and they somehow are now calling him a woman and baby killer.#BorderShutdown #KAG #Trump2020
— Amanda Shea (@TheAmandaShea) November 27, 2018
Becerra is a former Democratic congressman who worked on an unsuccessful immigration reform bill. When Trump wanted to revoke the citizenship of immigrant children, the California attorney general inserted himself into that policy debate and opposed the president.
The migrants along the border have been the focus of many unlawful incidents as they travelled through Mexico; the Department of Homeland Security has said there a at least 500 criminals present in the group.