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Trump administration defends tear gas use at U.S.-Mexico border

Tear gassing on U.S.-Mexico border. Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

Tear gassing on U.S.-Mexico border.  Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

Washington, November 29 (RHC)-- The White House continues to defend the U.S. Border Patrol for firing tear gas into crowds of migrants -- including mothers and children -- as they tried to cross the U.S. border from Tijuana on Sunday. 

Ronald Colburn, president of the Border Patrol Foundation and former national deputy chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said: “The type of deterrent they used is OC pepper spray.  It’s literally water, pepper, with a small amount of alcohol for evaporation purposes.  It’s natural, you could actually put it on your nachos and eat it.  It’s a good way of deterring people without long-term harm.”

In related news, while Democrats blasted the Trump administration for its treatment of asylum-seekers, new findings reveal Customs and Border Protection fired tear gas dozens of times under President Barack Obama. 

In a statement, CBP said it first acquired tear gas in 2010, and deployed the substance 126 times since 2012.  The data show tear gas use has increased under President Donald Trump, but is not exclusively a Trump phenomenon.

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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