Headlines over the weekend blew up over the reported use of tear gas and rubber bullets against migrants who rushed the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday, putting women and children at risk.
What they did not publicize, and something that has been confirmed by border patrol agents, is that caravan members appeared to push women and children to the front BEFORE they started throwing projectiles at agents.
Border agents’ account
San Diego Chief Border Patrol Agent Rodney Scott described the scenario to CNN:
What we saw over and over yesterday was that the group – the caravan, as we call them – would push women and children to the front and then begin, basically, rocking our agents.
“Several agents were actually struck by rocks,” he added.
National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd gave a similar account, saying that “several” agents were hit by rocks.
“The way these people rushed the border was absolutely monstrous,” Judd told Fox News. “They pushed women and children up front and then behind those women and children, they started throwing rocks, cement bricks, they started throwing bottles at our Border Patrol agents. And so it became a very, very dangerous situation, not just for our agents, but it also became a dangerous situation for the public at large.”
The strategy of the caravan definitely seems to be orchestrated in terms of optics.
What could be more disturbing than seeing U.S. law enforcement and military attacking women and children, right?
The individuals helping the caravan know this and are ensuring the worst optics possible are being displayed to hurt this administration.
Border agents cannot simply leave their posts because they are under attack.
They MUST defend the border or risk being overrun.
There is a long history of border agents defending themselves against undocumented immigrants attacking them with projectiles.
The standard procedure is to use non-lethal methods like tear gas and mace, then resort to more drastic measures if necessary.
In fact, these same tactics were deployed by the Obama administration dozens of times.
It is worth noting when that did happen under Obama, there were no outrageous headlines attacking him for doing so.
Once again, though, what the media is presenting is far different from what actually happened.
To believe the media, agents were specifically targeting women and children.
When the agents disbursed the gas, the wind carried the gas everywhere.
“We try to target specifically the instigators, specifically the person assaulting the agent, but as you saw from the video, once that chemical is released, it does go through the air,” Scott explained.
“I was in an area where I actually inhaled quite a bit of it yesterday as well,” he added. “That’s what’s going to happen in those situations.”
It is a fairly safe assumption that agents were doing everything they could to avoid hitting the women and children, but they have no control where the gas travels once it hits the air.
Parents should be protecting their children by not involving them in illegal activity.
Here is an idea … enter the country legally instead of storming the border fences.