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:
It’s wrong to gas women and children and the elderly. That shouldn’t be a partisan view nor should that be uncomfortable to “the men and women in duty” https://t.co/PBHRE5utCT
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) November 26, 2018
This is horrendous. We must hold those responsible accountable. Children who approach our country looking for asylum should be welcomed with open arms, not with tear gas.
The Trump administration’s asylum policies diminish America’s promise and project weakness, not strength. https://t.co/bJOtdnf8W5
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) November 26, 2018
Let me repeat myself in case you didn't hear or read the US legal code. @realDonaldTrump: Seeking asylum is LEGAL.
Migrants at our border are looking for help. Yet, instead of greeting them w understanding, you deploy tear gas. Shameful & disgusting. https://t.co/RzEFJDqqzh
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) November 26, 2018
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.
Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
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.”
Before criticizing the actions of the present administration, it is important to look at past administrations as well.