Border Patrol Fired Tear Gas Dozens of Times Under President Obama

HeadlineNov 28, 2018

Democrats are blasting the Trump administration for its treatment of asylum seekers. Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez tweeted, “shooting tear gas at children is not who we are as Americans.” But new findings reveal Customs and Border Protection fired tear gas dozens of times under President Obama. In a statement sent to Newsweek on Tuesday, 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 Trump. We’ll have more on the tear gassing of migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border later in the broadcast.

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