- The Washington Times - Friday, November 30, 2018

Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera has an alternative to tear-gas agents used along the southern border to stop rock-throwing migrants: “the facts of life.”

Mr. Rivera made the impassioned plea Thursday night during a debate with Fox host Sean Hannity and guest Dan Bongino, who demanded he supply an alternative crowd-control measure to 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile, or CS, which has been used for years.

“These are innocent people seeking a better life,” Mr. Rivera said of thousands of migrants encamped in Baja, California. “What you don’t do is send 6,000 GIs with fixed bayonets at the border. Here’s what you do. You send Spanish-speaking ambassadors to the crowd. You explain to them that they are not going to be able to rush the border. You explain to them the facts of life. You explain to them the reality of what’s happening.”

“Are you serious?” Mr. Bongino incredulously replied.

“This is a stain on the Trump presidency that will be very difficult to eradicate,” Mr. Rivera continued. “This is a benign, suffering civilian crowd. You can cherry pick three scenes of the rocks being thrown. What about the scenes of them living in squalor in the athletic field?”

Homeland Security data shows that CS gas has been used to control crowds along the southern border since 2010.

The agent was deployed 26 times in fiscal 2012 and 27 times in 2013 under the Obama administration. It was also used three times in 2016.

“This policy that we use was an Obama-written policy and it was used in 2013 at the same port of entry,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told CNN in a recent interview.

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