Obama Tear Gased People Every Month Of His Presidency

We've  seen the photos of the mother and her two barefoot, diaper-clad  children dashing away from the tear gas canister.  (Which makes me  wonder how on earth did she provide Pampers to those babies on a 2500  mile journey--And those kids look kinda big--why are they still in  diapers?).  And we've heard one of the Democrat Senators from Hawaii  liken the use of tear gas to the use of chemical weapons.  Clearly, this  atrocity should NEVER happen!

Except, it seems that the Trump administration is not the first to use tear gas and pepper spray on unruly border jumpers.  

In  fact, the Obama Administration used it on average more than once a  month during the later years of his tenure. Reminder: Government fiscal  years go from October 1 to September 30.  We started fiscal 2019 on  October 1st this year.

From The Washington Times:

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. Use  of CS rose again in fiscal 2017, which was split between Mr. Obama and  Mr. Trump, and reached 29 deployments in fiscal 2018, which ended two  months ago, according to CBP data seen by The Washington Times.

Well,  isn't that interesting?  Why wasn't this bigger news five years ago?   Could it be that policing the border at the time was deemed good for the  country?  Because someone might have been up for re-election, and he  needed a little help to distract from the crap economy and Benghazi  fiasco?  

Just sayin'.

It also seems that pepper  spray was deployed quite frequently during the Obama years as well,  reaching a decade-high 151 times during fiscal 2013.  It was only used  48 times during fiscal 2018.

On CNN this  weekend, host Erin Burnett was skeptical of the Border Patrol's claim  that the use of tear gas to keep migrants from tearing down the fence  was necessary, claiming the government was targeting women and children.

Brandon  Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, was having  none of her outrage, questioning where the critics were when tear gas  was deployed under Mr. Obama.

“This policy that we use was an Obama-written policy and it was used in 2013 at the same port of entry,”

“The  facts are, the policy written under President Obama allows us to use  tear gas to disperse a crowd that was very dangerous,” 

“The  tear gas was not deployed at the children,” Mr. Judd countered Ms.  Burnette, saying migrants were attempting to use them as human shields.

Migrants  seeking asylum don't rush the border.  They don't throw rocks at the  Mexican and US authorities.  And they most certainly don't use women and  children as human shields.  

But let's not let facts get in the way of a good story.  

Sandra Peterson
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