CNN has tried hard to characterize the incoming migrant caravan as a peaceful group of mostly women and children who are still hundreds of miles away from the U.S.-Mexico border and pose no danger to America.
On Sunday, that narrative fell apart.
Unable to ignore it, CNN reported on Monday that “about 500 migrants on the Mexican side of the border overwhelmed police blockades near the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Sunday” in Tijuana, just across the border from San Diego.
39 people were arrested on the Mexico side of the border. Many more broke through the border and charged at law enforcement officers, throwing rocks at them. That resulted in 69 illegal migrants getting arrested on U.S. soil.
Vastly outnumbered, Border Patrol agents fired tear gas at the rushing crowd. And that’s the part that CNN anchor John Berman chose to focus on.
“U.S. Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas on central Americans seeking asylum — this does include women and children — during an incident near one of the world’s busiest border crossings,” he reported.
As he passed off the riotous invasion as a mere “incident,” a couple migrants could be seen in the video footage he was showing throwing rocks. He characterized it as a “peaceful march” that had “devolved into chaos.”
He then made the mistake of interviewing Chief Border Patrol Agent Rodney Scott, who ended up schooling Berman on what exactly went on at the border on Sunday.
Berman immediately questioned the Border Patrol’s use of tear gas to stop the mob, to which Scott replied, “I kind of challenge that this was a peaceful protest or that the majority of these people were claiming asylum. We ended up making about 42 arrests. Only eight of those were females, and there were only a few children involved. The vast majority of the people we are dealing with are adult males.”
“The group immediately started throwing rocks and debris at our agents, taunting the agents,” he continued. “Once our agents were assaulted, and the numbers started growing, we had two or three agents at a time initially facing hundreds of people at a time. They deployed tear gas to protect themselves and protect the border.”
Agents were hit by rocks and vehicles were damaged, but none of the agents sustained significant injuries because of their protective gear.
Scott explained that the border wall in that area was being worked on but that the invading group “breached a couple sections of that; actually tore down one small section. [They] started to rush across, and that’s another time they started assaulting our agents. We were able to hold them back using riot techniques.”
Berman then scolded Scott for saying the caravan migrants aren’t seeking asylum.
“I do not believe that is true,” Scott shot back. “I believe there are definitely people in that group that are going to try to claim asylum. The vast majority of those are from what we call the Northern Triangle are economic migrants, though. They do not meet the qualifications to get asylum here.”
“However, what I saw on the border yesterday was not people walking up to border agents and asking to claim asylum,” he added. “In fact, one of the groups I watched...they passed 10 or 15 marked border patrol agents. They were chanting, waving the Honduran flag, and throwing rocks at the agents.”
“If they were truly asylum seekers they would have just walked up with their hands up and surrendered.”
Berman tried to blame the chaos on migrants simply being “frustrated” by a slow immigration process and asked Scott if he believed there needed to be a smoother one in place to prevent stuff like this from happening.
“We’ve made very clear to Congress what those fixes are,” Scott pointed out, adding that more agents need to be added to the force because dealing with invading migrants takes resources away from processing all the legitimate travel and trade that goes across the border every day.
Watch that dynamite interview below: