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Obama Used Tear Gas on Migrants Once a Month During His Presidency

Obama Administration tear gassed illegal immigrants 80 times at the border

 on 28th November 2018 @ 12.00am
obama s administration used tear gas on migrants once a month at the border © press
Obama's administration used tear gas on migrants once a month at the border

As Trump comes under attack from the left after border agents were forced to use tear gas to defend against invasion from hundreds of caravan migrants on Sunday, DHS data has revealed that the Obama Administration actually tear-gassed illegal immigrants once a month.

The exact same tear gas agent, that the Trump administration is under fire for deploying against a rock-throwing mob this weekend, was actually used 80 times under the previous administration and more than once a month during the later years of Barack Obama’s presidency, according to Homeland Security data.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has used 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile, or CS, since 2010, and deployed it 26 times in fiscal 2012 and 27 times in 2013.

It was used less frequently after that but was still deployed three times in 2016, Obama’s final full year in office.

officials were forced to use tear gas as hundreds of migrants stormed the border © press
Officials were forced to use tear gas as hundreds of migrants stormed the border

Use of CS rose again in fiscal 2017, which was split between Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump, and reached 29 deployments in fiscal 2018, which ended two months ago, according to CBP data seen by The Washington Times.

Border authorities also use another agent, pepper spray, frequently — including a decade-high record of 151 instances in 2013, also under Mr. Obama.

Pepper spray, officially known as Pava Capsaicin, was used 43 times in the fiscal year 2018, according to the CBP numbers.

The data poses a challenge to the current anger over the Border Patrol’s use of tear gas Sunday to prevent a mob from busting through sections of old border fence in California.

Critics, including Latin American leaders, immigrant-rights advocates, and congressional Democrats, have said the use of tear gas is “un-American.”

“It’s horrifying to see tear gas used on mothers and young children as they seek refuge in the United States. That’s not what America should be,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat.

border agents were able to successfully defend the us from invasion by using tear gas © press
Border agents were able to successfully defend the US from invasion by using tear gas

Other Democrats complained about threats of “deadly force” against the border incursions, which saw migrants punch through fencing, and launch rocks and bottles at agents who responded to stem the intrusion.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, took umbrage at the outrage, questioning where the critics were when tear gas was deployed under Mr. Obama.

“This policy that we use was an Obama-written policy and it was used in 2013 at the same port of entry,” he told CNN, wondering in particular about the intense media interest now versus then.

“The facts are, the policy written under President Obama allows us to use tear gas to disperse a crowd that was very dangerous,” he told the network.

Host Erin Burnett scoffed at Mr. Judd’s facts, saying the agents were using tear gas against women and children this weekend.

“The tear gas was not deployed at the children,” Mr. Judd countered, saying migrants were attempting to use them as human shields.

Some 9,000 members of the migrant caravans are camped in Baja California along the U.S.-Mexico border, plotting their attempts to enter the U.S., according to Mexican press accounts.

Mexican authorities have said 500 migrants were involved in the attempts to storm the border. Some U.S. officials have put the number higher.

Mexico said it has deported 98 caravan members it has identified as part of the violence and chaos.

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