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News commentator Geraldo Rivera said he’s concerned the US loses
its “humanity” in its approach to immigration.

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  • Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera on Monday said he was
    “ashamed” to see tear gas used on migrants at the US-Mexico
    border over the weekend.
  • “For goodness sake, we suspend our humanity when it comes to
    this issue, and I fear that it is because they look different
    than the mainstream,” Rivera said. 
  • President Donald Trump on Monday defended the actions of
    immigration authorities, claiming they were reacting to some
    “tough people” who were rushing the border.

Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera on Monday said he was
“ashamed” to see
tear gas used on migrants at the US-Mexico border
over the
weekend and issued an impassioned plea for the US to take a more
humane approach to immigration. 

“I am ashamed. The tear gas choked me,” Rivera said. “We treat
these people, these economic refugees, as if they’re zombies from
‘The Walking Dead.'”

Rivera implored people to have more empathy and look at the
bigger picture when it comes to the issue of immigration.


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He also condemned the characterization of the migrants as
“invaders,” calling on politicians and others to stop using
“these military analogies.” President Donald Trump has
unapologetically referred to the migrant caravan as an invasion,
at times
sparring with reporters
over his choice of words in this
regard. 


mexico migrants tear gas
A
migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from
Central America en route to the United States, run away from tear
gas in front of the border wall between the U.S and Mexico in
Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018.


Kim
Kyung-Hoon/Reuters



Rivera said the overall reaction to the Central American migrants
attempting to seek asylum in the US has been “painful to watch,”
reminding the audience the US is a “nation of immigrants.”

“These are desperate people. They walked 2,000 miles. Why?
Because they want to rape your daughter or steal your lunch? No!
Because they want a job. They want to fill the millions of
unfilled jobs we have in the agricultural sector. They want to
wash dishes in the restaurants. They want to deliver the pizzas,”
Rivera said. 

He added, “For goodness sake, we suspend our humanity when it
comes to this issue, and I fear that it is because they look
different than the mainstream.”

Trump on Monday defended the actions of immigration authorities,
claiming they were reacting to some “very tough
people”
who were rushing the border. But images from the
incident showed women and children running away in horror after
they were confronted with tear gas. 

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