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Former Border Agent Defends Pepper Spray to Fox & Friends: You Can ‘Put it on Your Nachos and Eat It’

Footage from weekend border chaos included video images of mothers and toddlers rushing to avoid tear gas and/or pepper spray released from U.S. border officials into Mexico territory as means to disperse Central American migrants amassing at the border.

There are various reports as to what the material sprayed, but Ronald Colburn a former Border Agent, appeared on Fox & Friends Monday morning to clarify that the tear-inducing gas is actually pepper spray, then defended the material in a manner that might surprise some.

“To clarify, the type of deterrent being used is OC pepper spray. Literally, water, pepper with a small amount of alcohol for evaporation purposes,” Colburn told host Steve Doocy, adding that the natural tear-inducing agent could be used as a condiment. “You could actually put it on your nachos and eat it. It’s a good way of deterring people without long-term harm.”

Footage of U.S. border agents forcing migrants back from the border has had mixed reactions that have fallen along recent political lines. While Trump’s base appears to be thrilled with the tough stance on the border (at least judged by Fox & Friends reactions), while critics see shooting tear gas/pepper spray into Mexican territory as an overreaction to rocks being thrown at border agents.

Watch the segment above, courtesy of Fox News.

 

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