As outrage flies from Democrats criticizing the President on the recent border actions in California, it seems most lawmakers have forgotten what happened just 5 years ago, during the Obama Administration.
As reported by Fox News, 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.
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 in 2013.
Additionally, an article by The San Diego Union-Tribune at the time stated agents fired “pepper balls” and used similar “intermediate use-of-force devices” to divert the crowd. It was also reported that the migrants threw rocks and bottles at U.S. authorities.
The news of these reports did not stop Democrats from continued attacks.
New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney said, “Migrants at our border are looking for help. Yet, instead of greeting them w understanding, you deploy tear gas. Shameful & disgusting.”
Let me repeat myself in case you didn't hear or read the US legal code. @realDonaldTrump: Seeking asylum is LEGAL.
Migrants at our border are looking for help. Yet, instead of greeting them w understanding, you deploy tear gas. Shameful & disgusting. https://t.co/RzEFJDqqzh
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) November 26, 2018
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand from New York called the use of tear gas “horrendous.”
“We must hold those responsible accountable,” Gillibrand tweeted. “Children who approach our country looking for asylum should be welcomed with open arms, not with tear gas.”
This is horrendous. We must hold those responsible accountable. Children who approach our country looking for asylum should be welcomed with open arms, not with tear gas.
The Trump administration’s asylum policies diminish America’s promise and project weakness, not strength. https://t.co/bJOtdnf8W5
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) November 26, 2018
Former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes, tweeted: “It’s wrong to gas women and children and the elderly. That shouldn’t be a partisan view nor should that be uncomfortable to ‘the men and women in duty.’”
It’s wrong to gas women and children and the elderly. That shouldn’t be a partisan view nor should that be uncomfortable to “the men and women in duty” https://t.co/PBHRE5utCT
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) November 26, 2018
Conservatives pushing back on Rhodes’ tweet, who referenced the 2013 incident during President Obama’s term.
“Ben Rhodes was part of an administration that did the very same exact thing,” conservative commentator Stephen Miller said.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) November 26, 2018
On Monday, Trump provided Mexico advice on deporting migrants massed in Tijuana and threatening to storm the U.S., telling the neighboring nation in a tweet to send them “back to their countries” by plane or by bus – or face a permanent closure of the border.