Democrats are expressing outrage that U.S. border agents on Sunday shot rounds of tear gas at caravan migrants who threw rocks at law enforcement while trying to breach the U.S.-Mexico border. But critics hammering the Trump administration are glossing over a similar episode that occurred under then-President Barack Obama.
In 2013, during the Obama administration, Border Patrol agents reportedly used pepper spray to fend off a group of approximately 100 migrants who attempted to rush the same San Ysidro port of entry.
Tear Gas Was Used Once A Month Under Obama Including At The Same Crossing As Trump On Thanksgiving Weekend 2013
“The same tear-gas agent that the Trump administration is taking heat for deploying against a border mob this weekend is actually used fairly frequently — including more than once a month during the later years of President Barack Obama’s administration, according to Homeland Security data.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has used 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile, or CS, since 2010, and deployed it 26 times in fiscal 2012 and 27 times in 2013. The use dropped after that, but was still deployed three times in 2016, Mr. Obama’s final full year in office
Border authorities also use another agent, pepper spray, frequently — including a decade-high record of 151 instances in 2013, also under Mr. Obama. Pepper spray, officially known as Pava Capsaicin, was used 43 times in fiscal year 2018, according to the CBP numbers.”
Mexico Demands Investigation Into Tear Gas Incident At Border; Trump Defends Use
Mexico’s foreign ministry presented a diplomatic note to its US government counterparts on Monday demanding a “full investigation” into what it has described as the use of non-lethal weapons directed towards Mexican territory during a Sunday incident, according to Reuters, citing the statement.
Of note, Mexico does not appear to have made similar demands in 2013 when the Obama administration shot pepper balls into a crowd of around 100 rock-throwing migrants at the same border crossing.
The media doesn’t appear to be interested in that comparison either.