It has been reported that the chief border patrol agent in charge of the sector of the United States’ southern border that was stormed by illegal migrants on Sunday has defended the use of tear gas against migrants, who he claims were less than peaceful. And he wasn’t shy about telling the truth.
“What I saw on the border yesterday was not people walking up to Border Patrol agents and asking to claim asylum,” Rodney Scott, chief patrol agent of the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector, stated while making an appearance on CNN’s “New Day.”
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“If they were truly asylum seekers, they would have walked up with hands up and surrendered, and that did not take place,” he stated.
Scott went on to explain that 42 illegal migrants made their way across the border. They were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents.
The BBC reports that Mexico is deporting those migrants who were arrested on their side of the border. These migrants participated in the violent confrontation between border patrol agents and migrants, which ended in border patrol agents using tear gas on the migrants.
Western Journal reports that “Scott said migrants threw rocks and debris at agents in riot gear, which led to the American response. Some liberal groups, like the ACLU, said the agents were wrong to use tear gas.”
The migrants at our southern border include mothers and small children exercising their legal, human right to seek asylum.
— ACLU (@ACLU) November 26, 2018
“I kind of challenge that it was a peaceful protest or that the majority of these people were claiming asylum,” Scott went on.
Scott stated that the migrants pushed women and children toward the front of the group to use them as “human shields,” all the while other migrants behind them started to hurl rocks and projectiles at border patrol agents.
“What we saw over and over yesterday was the group, the caravan, would push women and children towards the front and then, basically, ‘rocking’ our agents,” he explained.
"I kind of challenge that it was a peaceful protest or that the majority of these people were claiming asylum," says the Chief Patrol Agent, San Diego Sector Border Control, explaining the decision to use tear gas. "42 crossed the border and were arrested" https://t.co/w67XCL3JqD pic.twitter.com/BkuMJSswl7
— New Day (@NewDay) November 26, 2018
Scott went on to say tha there was nearly no way to tactically deal with the violent migrants without having an impact on those who were not acting violently.
“We tried to target the instigators, specifically those assaulting the agents, but once that chemical is released, it does go through the air,” he explained.
President Donald Trump has explained that if the violence continues to ensue, we may close our southern border. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina defended the President’s decision.
I support President Trump’s decision to close the border until we can get a handle on the chaos created by the broken laws governing asylum.
We must have money for border security/wall and must change asylum laws.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 26, 2018
Graham’s tweet read, “I support President Trump’s decision to close the border until we can get a handle on the chaos created by the broken laws governing asylum. We must have money for border security/wall and must change asylum laws.”