November 28, 2018
That’s right. Gassing is officially endorsed by the president himself.
President Donald Trump is strongly defending the U.S. use of tear gas at the Mexico border to repel a crowd of migrants that included angry rock-throwers and barefoot, crying children.
Critics denounced the action by border agents as overkill, but Trump kept to a hard line.
“They were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas,” Trump said Monday of the previous day’s encounter. “Here’s the bottom line: Nobody is coming into our country unless they come in legally.”
Everyone in the caravan is likely involved with gangs, women and children included.
Without offering evidence, Trump claimed some of the women in Sunday’s confrontation are not parents but are instead “grabbers” who steal children so they have a better chance of being granted asylum in the U.S.
Here’s an example of stolen children.
Do they expect Trump to cite sources as he speaks?
Like, the name and date of various publications?
They continually insert this “without offering evidence” phrase into things that anyone can Google in 4 seconds.
The media was very open about how cartels engage in child trafficking due to American laws regarding the detention of children during the Obama-era child migrant crisis. Apparently, they now have amnesia.
On Tuesday, U.S. authorities lowered the number of arrests during the confrontation to 42 from 69. Rodney Scott, chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector, said the initial count included some arrests in Mexico by Mexican authorities who reported 39 arrests.
Scott also defended the agents’ decisions to fire tear gas into Mexico, saying they were being assaulted by “a hail of rocks.”
“That has happened before and, if we are rocked, that would happen again tomorrow,” he told reporters.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said the administration’s concerns about the caravan “were borne out and on full display” Sunday.
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.
Border Patrol agents launched pepper spray balls in addition to tear gas in what officials said were on-the-spot decisions made by agents. U.S. troops deployed to the border on Trump’s orders were not involved in the operation.
If someone shoots you in the chest but you’re wearing a bulletproof vest, are you not allowed to use lethal force to defend yourself?
“The agents on scene, in their professional judgment, made the decision to address those assaults using less lethal devices,” McAleenan told reporters.
Asked if he envisions the US military firing at migrants at the border, President Trump says: "I hope not."
"I will tell you this, anybody throwing stones, rocks … we will consider that a firearm, because there's not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock." pic.twitter.com/mnsc56EFT7
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 1, 2018