Trump Weighs In on Use of Tear Gas at Border

While watchers argue about the appropriateness of using tear gas at the border, authorities are identifying one illegal immigrant who allegedly threw rocks at border agents in attempt to avoid arrest. But more on that in a minute – as President Trump is squaring up on his detractors.

First at the White House, Trump said it was necessary – and noted that former President Obama had a separation policy, but "no one likes to talk about that." Later speaking at a roundtable in Mississippi, Trump remarked that the tear gas that was used was "very safe.”

When asked about how he felt when he saw women and children suffering the effects of the gas, he doubted whether they were really parents or just grabbed a child to strengthen their claim for asylum.

  • As for the migrant accused of assaulting border agents, that’s 31-year-old Alan Suazo-Gomez of Honduras. Upon processing, authorities found that Gomez had several previous arrests out of Florida and had also been deported in June of this year. Gomez told border agents that he was part of the migrant caravans seeking to gain entry to the U.S. on asylum claims.

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