According to Breitbart News, media reports of a 2013 incident at the U.S. border prove that under Barack Obama’s watch, border agents used identical tactics to those that have caused Democrats and the media to attack President Donald Trump in recent days.
The media reports show that almost five years to the day the far-left became morally indignant about the use of tear gas by border agents to stop a violent mob of illegal aliens attempting to storm the border, Obama’s border agents used the exact same tactic on illegal aliens along the same stretch of border near the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
On November 25, 2013, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported:
The incident occurred about a quarter-mile west of the San Ysidro border crossing in the Tijuana River channel. No one was seriously injured, no shots were fired and no arrests were made, said Mary Beth Caston, a Border Patrol spokeswoman.
The group first approached a lone agent stationed about 1/8 of a mile north of the border. They ignored his commands to stop, so he fired pepper balls to try to stop them and protect himself, Caston said.
As the crowd kept advancing and throwing rocks and bottles, she said, more agents came to the scene and used other “intermediate use-of-force devices” to push back the group. The agents also contacted Mexican law enforcement.
Reminder: The Obama Admin also used force and tear gas in 2013 when a large group of people stormed our border and threw rocks at our agents—at the same exact place. Source: https://t.co/YPlc8KXpdo
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) November 26, 2018
KPBS News out of San Diego, also reported on the 2013 incident:
Deported migrants attempted a once-common tactic of rushing the border en masse on Sunday. But Border Patrol agents met them with tear gas and rubber bullets and forced them to turn back.
Deportees in Tijuana said plans to rush the border had been in the works for a week.
It all started with a guy handing out pocket-sized fliers at the Padre Chava breakfast hall for migrants and deportees in Tijuana. The fliers called for a mass border crossing on Nov. 24.
“So that we can reunite with our children, families,” the flier read in small, Spanish text.
The two incidents happened in virtually the same location, under similar circumstances, almost five years to the day of one another, but the reactions to the incidents by the media and Democrats couldn’t have been more different.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Border Patrol can use tear gas against immigrants rushing the border.”
DEMOCRATS: “What a leader! Great call!”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Border Patrol can use tear gas against immigrants rushing the border.”
DEMOCRATS: “What a heartless leader! Shame on you!”
— Danny McNeal (@Full4God) November 27, 2018
A photograph of a woman and two children in diapers fleeing a smoking tear gas canister at the U.S.-Mexico border has prompted outrage at American authorities and the Trump administration https://t.co/30LPCAHrjP
— NYT National News (@NYTNational) November 27, 2018
Trump just defended firing tear gas on migrant families. Even for him, this is stunning.
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) November 27, 2018
Also, a reminder.
Illegally crossing the American border is a misdemeanor.
Illegally firing tear gas at defenseless people in another country is a felony, war crime and crime against humanity.
But, you do you Trumpster…
— ???? Astartiel Inanna ✴ (@Astartiel) November 27, 2018
Trump went too far by gassing migrant women and shoeless children. He knows it, which is why he is now lying about it. His cruelty is unprecedented and unlimited.
— ????Rapunzel™ (@co_rapunzel4) November 27, 2018
President Trump has spent his presidency unleashing hate and discrimination. We cannot sit silently while those seeking asylum are met with military force and tear gas at our borders. We can never stop fighting for America to be a safe haven for all those who need one.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) November 27, 2018