The Trump administration is fielding another round of phony outrage from the left after border agents used tear gas once again to drive back violent would-be illegal immigrants on New Years’ Day. But at least one expert on the matter said the agents’ use of chemical deterrents was completely justified given the situation. In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday morning, former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said that Democrats needed to fix our border security if they wanted to avoid incidents like this in the future.
“The men and women of the Border Patrol have a right to defend themselves. They took a sworn duty to defend that border, they also have the responsibility to protect themselves,” Homan said. “If these illegal aliens are throwing stones, the use of tear gas is a minimum use of force necessary to protect themselves. It’s going to happen again, this is the second time it’s happened. There’s chaos on that border, which the Democrats don’t seem to grasp.”
For their part, Democrats are digging their heels in the sand.
“How many more times can we say no?” asked the once-and-future House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, in an interview with the Today Show. “Nothing for the wall.”
But wall or no wall, the Deputy Commissioner of the Border Patrol, Robert Perez, told Fox News that the current situation was untenable.
“In interviewing and some of the initial reports that I’ve received and interviewing some of the migrants that were apprehended, they did admit that they absolutely intended to breach the border in a violent way, to put women and children ahead of the rock throwers, and to engage the agents again as violently as they did,” Perez said. “I think it speaks to this ongoing border security, and now humanitarian, crisis that we are experiencing at the border at unprecedented levels.”
While the White House and the Democrats appear to be no closer to resolving this stalemate, two members of the House Freedom Caucus want to bring the case for a wall to a petition.
“I say, let’s take the case to the American people,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
“We’ve opened up borderwallnow.com, where we’re encouraging grass roots across the country — just started today — where they go in and sign a petition and say we are standing with the president, we want border security,” Jordan said. “But it’s really going to be your viewers and people like them across the country that have to speak up.”
The petition, which is the brainchild of Jordan and Rep. Mark Meadows, states simply: “I support President Trump’s plan to build the border security wall and I believe Congress should fund the wall now.”