The media keeps making a big deal about the border patrol using tear gas at the border Sunday and that women and children were caught up in it. It’s like it’s never happened before. But it has, a lot.
First, here’s Sarah Sanders responding to a question about it:
"The White House would never want children to be in harm's way, in any capacity whatsoever," White House press Secretary Sarah Sanders says on the tear gas fired at migrants trying to cross the US-Mexico border on Sunday pic.twitter.com/n3GA2KdTxX
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 27, 2018
The media doesn’t care that the woman having her children out there was completely irresponsible. Or that they were being pushed to the front by these jackals throwing rocks. The media acts like that women had a right to be there and a right to run across our border. It’s ridiculous.
Here’s more on the details via Fox News:
Federal agents used tear gas on the U.S.-Mexico border dozens of times during the Obama administration, data from the Department of Homeland Security shows, despite growing outrage at the Trump administration from Democrats for using the substance against migrant caravan members over the weekend.
According to DHS data obtained by Fox News, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has used 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile, commonly known as tear gas, 126 times since 2010.
During the Obama administration, tear gas was used on the border 26 times in 2012, 27 times in 2013, 15 times in 2014, eight times in 2015, and three times in 2016. That compares to 18 times in 2017 and 29 times in 2018 during the Trump administration.
The circumstances of each incident — including the size and makeup of groups hit with tear gas, and the locations — are unclear from the data provided. Much of the outrage directed at the Trump administration stems from a photo appearing to show a mother and two children fleeing tear gas canisters on Sunday.
Border agents, the DHS data shows, also regularly used Pava Capsaicin, commonly known as pepper spray, 540 times between 2012 to 2018.
During the Obama administration, pepper spray was used 95 times in 2012, 151 times in 2013, 109 times in 2014, 30 times in 2015 and 56 times in 2016, the data shows. Pepper spray was used 56 times in 2017 and 43 times in 2018 during the Trump administration.
And there you have it.