Here’s How Many Times US Border Control Deployed Tear Gas While Obama Was President

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Democrats have been extremely outspoken about their outrage at the Border Patrol’s use of tear gas against the migrant caravan.

However, it seems they have conveniently forgotten that this strategy is not new and has been happening since former President Barack Obama was in office.

According to Homeland Security data, the same type of tear gas was used during the Obama administration. This tear gas was used sometimes more than once a month until 2013 when the use of the gas significantly dropped.

Some Democratic leaders have tweeted their anger about the situation:

There seems to be an inconsistency with their criticism due to the similarities of the Obama administration strategy.

President Donald Trump and administration officials are not backing down from the backlash. The president has not held back from tweeting about his disapproval of the caravan.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen released a statement that claimed some migrants “attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] personnel by throwing projectiles at them.”

Due to the aggression toward Border Patrol agents, they retaliated with non-lethal force. The tear gas was used in a difficult situation against those who were trying to rush the border.

Before criticizing the actions of the present administration, it is important to look at past administrations as well.

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James E Benning

so how many times was it used under obama?


Reading comprehension and clicking on links just aren’t your strong suit, are they. Straight from above article,”This tear gas was used sometimes more than once a month until 2013 when the use of the gas significantly dropped.” Straight from a link provided, “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.”


Now, let’s look at pepper spray, “Border authorities also use another agent, pepper spray, frequently — including a decade-high record of 151 instances in 2013, also under Mr. Obama.” It’s all right in front of you, if you would just open your eyes.


Aside from the fact that it WAS used, the MSM never mentioned it. Various sources, including the DHS, have placed it between 80-100 times. Similarly no mention was made of the rock- and Molotov-throwing by those intent on “crashing” the border.


The children were put in the situation by their parents


Two things… 1. Tear gas is better than actual force. Some people were throwing rocks. I’m actually relieved with the restraint since there was actual military there. 2. There is an insane amount of hypocrisy when it comes to Obama’s actions with immigration. From both left and right. The fact is, Obama was also pretty dang tough just without the posturing. Republicans can’t claim he was a wimp then show how they both responded the same. For Democrats – get off that high horse.

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