Former Border Patrol Official Claims Tear Gas Isn’t Harmful: ‘You Can Actually Put it On Your Nachos’

Migrants flee from tear gas
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U.S. border patrol used tear gas to deter migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday, affecting the men, women, and children in Tijuana. On Monday Fox News hosted Ron Colburn, president of the Border Patrol Foundation and a former Border Patrol deputy chief, to defend the actions.

Colburn said the use of the gas was “absolutely” warranted. “It’s natural,” he argued, after explaining that the gas is a pepper spray with alcohol. “You can actually put it on your nachos and eat it. So it’s a good way of deterring people without long-term harm.”

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But the U.S. border patrol didn’t use the gas as a topping for a Mexican dish on Sunday. They used it as a deterrent on migrants, including children, in Tijuana.

“I felt that my face was burning, and my baby fainted,” Cindy Milla told the Wall Street Journal. “I ran for my life and that of my children.” Milla, 23, left Honduras with her 10-month-old baby and four-year-old son. She told the Wall Street Journal she is applying for asylum.

“Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt also downplayed the effects of the tear gas by comparing it to a speeding ticket. “If you don’t want a speeding ticket, don’t speed,” she said.

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President Donald Trump responded to the clash on the border by claiming, without evidence, that many of the migrants there are “stone cold criminals.” He then threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border permanently.

The border was closed temporarily at the San Ysidro crossing on Sunday after the clashes between border patrol and migrants broke out, prompting the use of tear gas. U.S Customs and Border Protection said in a statement, “Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas to dispel the group because of the risk to agents’ safety.”

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I hear it’s good on chilli dogs as well!!


While it was an inappropriately flippant comment given the circumstances, tear gas is far more preferable to some of the other options the military uses to defend itself – which is probably the point he was trying to make.





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