California Weighs Legal Action Against Trump Admin Over Tear Gas At Border

GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 3: Palestinians are affected from teargas canisters thrown by Israeli soldiers during a "Great March of Return" demonstration at Beit Hanoun border gate in Gaza City, Gaza on October 3, 2018... GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 3: Palestinians are affected from teargas canisters thrown by Israeli soldiers during a "Great March of Return" demonstration at Beit Hanoun border gate in Gaza City, Gaza on October 3, 2018. (Photo by Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 29, 2018 8:35 a.m.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is reportedly considering taking legal action against the Trump administration for the use of tear gas against migrants approaching the U.S.-Mexico border over the Thanksgiving weekend, Reuters reported.

“We have been approached by folks who have expressed complaints,” Becerra told Reuters. “We are monitoring what’s occurring.”

Becerra said that while the state of California has limited space to file a complaint, given the federal government’s control of border dealings, there may be jurisdiction to take legal action over the weekend closure of the border if it impacted California residents.

The federal government shut down the border for part of last weekend after peaceful protests turned chaotic and the U.S. retaliated by lobbing tear gas canisters at Central American migrants.

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