Due to increased attention put on the southern border of the United States, and the migrant caravan from Central America that is camped out there, the nation has been locked in a fierce debate about the use of force to keep non-citizens from entering.
The caravan, which is camped at the Tijuana, Mexico – San Diego, California border is roughly 6000 strong and growing, attempted to enter the United States by force after they were not allowed to enter the United States.
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Border Patrol agents used gas to push the immigrants back, which caused outrage from much of those on the left, who pointed to potential injury to women and children due to the actions of the agents.
However, the response to that outrage came when those who support strong border security measures noted that former President Barack Obama allowed the use of the same methods to push back immigrants.
Via Fox News:
“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. As for pepper spray, the Obama administration used it 95 times in 2012, 151 times in 2013, 109 times in 2014, 30 times in 2015 and 56 times in 2016, the data shows — compared to 56 times in 2017 and 43 times in 2018 during the Trump administration.”
ABC News’ “The View” co-host Joy Behar asked Wednesday when if there was “any evidence” that tear gas was used during the Obama administration before she was presented with data – which seemed to bother co-host Sunny Hostin, Fox Reported.
“The last I checked President Obama is no longer in office. President Trump is in office and he’s destroying the country,” Hostin said. This ‘but Obama’ defense doesn’t work for me… I don’t care what Obama did. I care what Trump is doing right here right now.”
According to Fox’s report, media analyst Bill D’Agostino wrote that “talking heads on CNN and MSNBC have repeated numerous outright falsehoods about the Central American caravan” before pointing to eight different examples cable pundits pushing liberal narratives.
“MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough was called a ‘repeat-offender of the pernicious lie that the caravan did not even exist,’ while CNN’s Jim Acosta famously downplayed the caravan directly to President Trump. D’Agostino’s study shows that before the caravan arrived and tear gas was needed, cable news pundits called it ‘imaginary,’ ‘phony,” ‘a fantasy,’ ‘bogus’ and even a ‘conspiracy theory.’”
Fox News’s Sean Hannity shared his opinion, saying that the mainstream media couldn’t ignore the caravan or “pretend it is some grand conspiracy theory cooked up by the GOP to get votes in the midterms,” so it decided to go all-in condemning the use of non-lethal tear gas, according to Fox.