Border-related media hyperventilation (or not)


First, the events the media is hyperventilating over

U.S. closes Mexican border crossing, repels some migrants with tear gas

Reuters slanted the reporting of an illegal alien attack on Border agents so that the aggressors seemed to become the victims.

U.S. authorities shut the country’s busiest border crossing and fired tear gas into Mexico on Sunday to repel Central American migrants approaching the border after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed the asylum-seekers would not easily enter the country.

The Mexican government said it had retaken control of the border crossing after nearly 500 migrants tried to cross the U.S. border “in a violent manner,” and vowed to immediately deport Central Americans who attempt to enter the United States illegally.

(Read more at Reuters)

As someone who has seen the commerce that crosses the border both ways continuously, I don’t welcome the shutdown of the border. However, in a nation of laws (that is, in a nation that doesn’t let one class break the law while holding other classes accountable) we need to stick to the law.

The problem is that, from Johnson to George W. Bush, the topic of illegal immigration took a back seat in most political action. Obama (rather than keeping with the law he claimed 22 times not to be able to change), he used memos to establish his DAPA and DACA programs. Now that a Texas lawsuit has paved the way to the end of DAPA, hopefully, a similar fate will meet the other example of presidential fiat. Still, when the dust (or tear gas) settles, will Congress do something? Will they build a wall (other than the walls that surround their gated communities)?

 

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The border rushing and tear gas happened in the Obama administration — just not the media hype

Tear gas used once a month at border under Obama

The Washington Times explores in a 26 November 2018 article how the border patrol regularly used tear gas.

The same tear-gas agent that the Trump administration is taking heat for deploying against a border mob this weekend is actually used fairly frequently — including more than once a month during the later years of President Barack Obama’s administration, according to Homeland Security data.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has used 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile, or CS, since 2010, and deployed it 26 times in fiscal 2012 and 27 times in 2013. The use dropped after that, but was still deployed three times in 2016, Mr. Obama’s final full year in office.

Use of CS rose again in fiscal 2017, which was split between Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump, and reached 29 deployments in fiscal 2018, which ended two months ago, according to CBP data seen by The Washington Times.

Border authorities also use another agent, pepper spray, frequently — including a decade-high record of 151 instances in 2013, also under Mr. Obama. Pepper spray, officially known as Pava Capsaicin, was used 43 times in fiscal year 2018, according to the CBP numbers.

The data poses a challenge to the current anger over the Border Patrol’s use of tear gas Sunday to prevent a mob from busting through sections of old border fence in California.

(Read more at The Washington Times)

In addition to the fact that the Obama administration either directed or allowed its border agents to use tear gas as a means of crowd control, there are certain alternative media outlets that have suggested that the tear gas scenes have been staged (refer to the video in the tweet below).

 

If these “tear gas” scenes are nothing but the fabrications of liberal activists, I hope that the alternative media has strong connections with the people.

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2013: Border Patrol: crowd confronts agents

A 25 November 2013 San Diego Union Tribune article describes a confrontation between border agents and illegal aliens during the Obama administration.

A group of about 100 people trying to illegally cross the border Sunday near the San Ysidro port of entry threw rocks and bottles at U.S. Border Patrol agents, who responded by using pepper spray and other means to force the crowd back into Mexico, federal officials said.

The incident has raised concerns among advocates on both sides of the immigration debate, as well as Border Patrol representatives.

Immigrant-rights groups in San Diego said they didn’t know beforehand about the plan to rush the border, and they worry that desperation is driving homeless deportees to make a bold bid to rejoin their families in the United States.

Border-security groups see this situation as evidence that the border remains unsecured, something they said should be fixed before Congress considers proposals to grant legal status to unauthorized immigrants.

And Border Patrol representatives worry that Sunday’s confrontation could be a political protest, which they said agents want to avoid — especially when it involves the potential for loss of life.

The incident occurred about a quarter-mile west of the San Ysidro border crossing in the Tijuana River channel. No one was seriously injured, no shots were fired and no arrests were made, said Mary Beth Caston, a Border Patrol spokeswoman.
The group first approached a lone agent stationed about 1/8 of a mile north of the border. They ignored his commands to stop, so he fired pepper balls to try to stop them and protect himself, Caston said.

As the crowd kept advancing and throwing rocks and bottles, she said, more agents came to the scene and used other “intermediate use-of-force devices” to push back the group. The agents also contacted Mexican law enforcement.

(Read more at The Washington Times)

 

For the liberals who won’t believe the totals by the Washington Times, please refer to your own San Diego Union Tribune and the PBS in San Diego.

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Obama used tear gas at the border, too

A 27 November 2018 National Review article brings up some good points regarding crowd control over the last decade or so.

Making the click-through worthwhile: the Obama administration’s history of using tear gas on the border; the ugly decade for General Motors takes another unexpected turn; the question of whether American voters punish politicians who solve problems instead of rewarding them; and another case of progressive activists focusing on the convenient targets instead of the responsible ones.

From the coverage of the Customs and Border Patrol using tear gas, one could easily be led to believe that this was an unprecedented escalation in tactics from the Trump administration.

Nope

The same tear-gas agent that the Trump administration is taking heat for deploying against a border mob this weekend is actually used fairly frequently — including more than once a month during the later years of President Barack Obama’s administration, according to Homeland Security data.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has used 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile, or CS, since 2010, and deployed it 26 times in fiscal 2012 and 27 times in 2013. The use dropped after that, but was still deployed three times in 2016, Mr. Obama’s final full year in office.

Use of CS rose again in fiscal 2017, which was split between Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump, and reached 29 deployments in fiscal 2018, which ended two months ago, according to CBP data seen by The Washington Times.

Border authorities also use another agent, pepper spray, frequently — including a decade-high record of 151 instances in 2013, also under Mr. Obama. Pepper spray, officially known as Pava Capsaicin, was used 43 times in fiscal year 2018, according to the CBP numbers.

A recent Washington Post article about the use of tear gas by the Border Patrol talks a lot about the Chemical Weapons Convention, the use of poison gas in World War I, and Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons — as if any of that is comparable to the use of tear gas. The Chemical Weapons Convention explicitly says, “Riot control agents may not be used as a method of warfare but may be used for certain law enforcement purposes including riot control.”

As Mr. Geraghty points out in this National Review piece, this is all about seeing that the crowds of “migrants” do not get stopped by anything as inconsequential as a border.

For information on the group supporting the invasion, I suggest reading The people behind the Mexican “caravan” by Bunkerville.

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Things the media should just discuss – violence South of the border

2018: Mexican cartels viscously attack the weak

Audio: Mexican Cartel Gunmen Execute Passengers After Car Chase

When Nancy Pelosi asks what we could fear about illegal immigrants, we might want to refer her to a 21 November 2018 Breitbart article covering the cartel’s murder of the passengers of a truck they had chased. Except for the fact that the cartels play a large part in bringing illegals to America — something that won’t change no matter how lax the Democrats make our laws — this shouldn’t matter to Americans. However, since not enforcing our border (the way the Democrats want) invites them in, they and the following story should be on our minds.

Therefore, consider this story as it was related by Breitbart

A group of cartel gunmen in the Mexican border state of Sonora opened fire on a truck they were pursuing, causing a crash. The attackers rushed to the scene to finish off the passengers on Sunday.

A group of gunmen opened fire during a high-speed chase of another vehicle in Cajeme, causing the truck to lose control and flip over, according to local reports. The gunmen then approached the vehicle and opened fire on the defenseless occupants–killing two and wounding two others, according to eyewitnesses. An audio recording of a call to authorities was on Facebook.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Most would think that the media would inform us of an impending danger on our Southern border. However, it does not fit their narrative of compassion for certain poorly-defined groups (which I could fall into due to my olive-colored skin).

Still, since we live in a world where the media sacrifices safety to their god of social justice and political correctness, we can only take note and hope for an eventual reaction in the populace.

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Things the media should just discuss – imported murderers

Illegal immigrant killed 3 after ‘sactuary’ release from custody

A 11 November 2018 Fox News article details a murder of three that did not have to happen except for the Democrat concept of “sanctuary” cities.

An illegal immigrant accused of a triple murder in Missouri was previously jailed and released in New Jersey on domestic violence charges, authorities said, putting the spotlight on the conflict between local and immigration authorities nationwide.

Luis Rodrigo Perez, 23, a native of Mexico, is charged with fatally shooting two men and wounding two others on Nov. 1 and fatally shooting a woman the next day.

He was being held on domestic violence charges at the Middlesex County Jail in New Jersey in December 2017 and was released in February, NJ.com reported.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said they placed a detainer on Perez while he was in custody, but the request was not honored nor was the agency notified when he was let go, said Corey Price, acting executive director of ICE.

(Read more at Fox News)

Although most of us would like to pretend that this happens rarely, truth tells us that MS 13 has been among us from Houston to Boston for years — while more try to stream in among the invaders of the “caravan”.

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Illegal kills man in ‘horrific’ hit and run

As recorded by a 2 September 2018 Breitbart article, one illegal alien killed a North Carolina man in a hit-and-run accident.

Neri Damian Cruz-Carmona, a 26-year-old illegal alien, allegedly left Jamar Rashaun Beach dead on a Raleigh, North Carolina street after he hit the man and fled the scene of the accident, according to police.

Cruz-Carmona turned left in his Honda car and failed to yield the right of way, hitting Beach on his motorcycle and killing him, police say. Following the crash, the illegal alien fled the scene, according to police, leaving Beach dead.

(Read more at Breitbart)

As mentioned in previous posts, I have noted that Christians have a duty to protect the weak (Psalm 82:3; Proverbs 31:8-9; Isaiah 1:17; and other verses — such as those listed at this post’s end) and encourage people to obey the law (Romans 13:1-5; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-17; and many other verses).

To further these goals, we must support lawmakers (and laws) that first protect our poor and secondly reward the helping of the poor (wherever they find themselves). Finally, as a nation of laws, we must encourage obedience to the law (until that law can be fully demonstrated to contradict God’s law).

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Illegal immigrant kills teen bicyclist in hit-and-run

An 18 June 2018 Daily Caller article reported on the senseless loss of a high school student at the hands of a drunk illegal.

An illegal immigrant was charged on Thursday after killing a high school teen in a hit-and-run in Michigan.

Miguel A. Ibarra Cerda, a 21-year-old Mexican national who was working at a Burrito King in the area, pleaded not guilty to reckless driving causing death and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Cerda, driving a Honda Odyssey minivan, struck 14-year-old Justin Lee as the teen was riding his bicycle. Credo was reportedly driving in excess of speed limits and was on the wrong side of the road when he hit Lee. Witnesses say he sped off immediately after the accident.

Police tracked down and arrested Cerda in Lansing, Michigan, and they believe he was trying to get back to Mexico.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Was this illegal alien only committing the crimes that Americans were unwilling to commit?

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Illegal immigrant kills FBI agent and fire marshall, gets only $280 fine, not required to show up in court

According to an 8 July 2018 BizPackReview article, an illegal killed an FBI agent and fire marshall and got away with a slap on the wrist.

An illegal immigrant from Guatemala avoided jail after being convicted of negligent driving for driving for hitting and killing an FBI agent and a fire marshal standing on the side of a highway.

Roberto Garza Palacios, 28, who overstayed his visa, was instead ordered to pay a $280 fine for killing Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen and FBI Special Agent Carlos Wolff in December, the Washington Post reported.

(Read more at BizPackReview)

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Bible verses mentioned

On protecting the weak

Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
(Psalm 82:3 NASB)

Open your mouth for the mute,
For the rights of all the unfortunate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
(Proverbs 31:8-9 NASB)

Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Reprove the ruthless,
Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow.
(Isaiah 1:17 NASB)

Honor widows who are widows indeed; (1 Timothy 5:3 NASB)

Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.(James 1:27 NASB)


On obeying the governing authorities

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.
(Romans 13:1-5 NASB)

Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, (Titus 3:1 NASB)

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. (1 Peter 2:13-17 NASB)