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A short history of tear gas and a border wall

Nov 28, 2018

US border patrols have used tear gas to stop migrants as they rushed the border. The media has condemned the use of tear gas against “innocent” people. I saw one news report of a woman who was particularly outraged against Trump.

What is now coming out is that under President Obama tear gas was used almost 80 times against unruly migrants.


The tear gas used on migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border at the weekend, which prompted criticism of President Trump, was also used almost 80 times under the Obama administration, according to Homeland Security data….

Democratic lawmakers and immigrant rights groups blasted the tactics of border agents.

'These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas,' California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom tweeted. 'Women and children who left their lives behind - seeking peace and asylum - were met with violence and fear. That's not my America.'

McAleenan said hundreds - perhaps more than 1,000 - people attempted to rush vehicle lanes at the San Ysidro crossing. Mexican authorities estimated the crowd at 500. The chaos followed what began as a peaceful march to appeal for the U.S. to speed processing of asylum claims.

McAleenan said four agents were struck with rocks but were not injured because they were wearing protective gear.

It appears no one complained when tear gas was used by Obama just a few years ago during the Obama administration.


Hillary herself said that the children of illegal immigrants should be sent back to their country of origin. She even advocated “physical barriers” at the border. Trump calls it a “wall.” As late as 2016 during the last presidential campaign, Hillary was still defending her past statements about building a "barrier." (She tried to avoid calling it a "wall," as that term has been given too much emotional value.)


But once Trump was elected president, suddenly they changed their song and began to advocate “immigrant rights.” It seems that everyone came down with political amnesia in 2016. When Trump continued the policies of his predecessors, he was condemned for it.

This is a clear case of political hypocrisy. But then, what’s new?

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Blog Author: Dr. Stephen Jones

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