Since 1875, federal law has determined who, how many and what the qualifications are to enter our borders. We have the right to secure our borders and to charge criminally anyone who makes an “improper entry” into the U.S. 

Title 8, Section 1325, of the U.S. Code defines “improper entry” as “entering or attempting to enter the United States at any time or place other than one designated by U.S. immigration officers” or “eluding examination or inspection by U.S. immigration officers.”

We watched on TV as migrants used violence on Mexico’s southern border. We now witness Border Patrol agents on our southern border being assaulted by migrants throwing bottles, bricks and rocks and climbing our border fences in order to enter the U.S. illegally. 

To prevent migrants from breeching the fences, massing to rush across the border and assaulting officers, the Border Patrol has resorted to the use of tear gas and pepper spray.

Democrats are outraged and denounced the Border Patrol for protecting our sovereignty. Their hysteria only increased when TV showed women and children being subjected to tear gas.

Democratic Sen. Schatz denounced the use of these “illegal chemical weapons.” This ignorant senator must be unaware that exposing soldiers to tear gas is part of our training. Is he oblivious to police using tear gas and pepper spray to stop riots in our streets?

Democratic Sens. Maloney and Gillibrand called the action “shameful and disgusting” and “horrendous.” Others on TV say there must be a better way to stop the flow. They denounce and posture but provide no solutions as to how the Border Patrol should protect themselves or prevent illegal entry into the U.S.

They place no blame on the migrants who placed themselves and their children in a situation that was not going to end well.

There were no outcries from Democrats when President Obama authorized the use of tear gas and pepper spray in 2013 when migrants attempted to rush the border, but anything President Trump does is deemed as evil.

The president of the National Border Patrol council stated that “the way these people rushed the border was absolutely monstrous. They pushed women and children up front” and from behind them “started throwing rocks and cement bricks.” Using humans as shields violates Protocol I of the Geneva Convention but that is irrelevant to Democrats.  

In the past, Democratic Sen. Schumer stated that “People who enter the U.S. without permission are illegal aliens.” President Obama: “Those who enter our country illegally … disrespect the rule of law.” Hillary Clinton: “We are not going to be able to continue to provide relief and support” to migrants.” Hypocrisy perhaps?

In 2006, Democratic Sens. Biden, Feinstein, Boxer, Schumer, Obama and Clinton voted to build 700 miles of fencing.

In 2013, however, Clinton advocated open trade and open borders and stated that “Of the people, the undocumented people living in our country, I do not want to see them deported.”

Democrat Pelosi has declared that Democrats will “stand fast against the immoral, ineffective border wall” and said “If somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation.” 

Democrats state that they want border security, but it cannot include a wall, or ICE, or allow deportations and must allow free movement of migrants throughout the U.S. 

A deal for the wall was almost reached when President Trump proposed building the wall and fixing DACA. Democrats insisted on continuing chain migration and the visa lottery and rejected the wall. To accept the wall would give President Trump and American sovereignty a victory. That cannot happen, so the proposal collapsed. 

Border security without a wall is analogous to citizens being required to keep their homes unlocked. Anyone can come in and stay and we owners are required to feed and house them.    

With a Democratic House majority, the future looks dim for resolving the problem of illegal entry into our country.

The vast majority of Senate Democrats and 14 Republicans voted down a White House-backed Senate proposal that would enable the Department of Homeland Security to make more arrests and deportations, limit family-based immigration and eliminate the diversity visa lottery. House Democrats have also suggested opposition to a new measure that will also limit legal immigration.

Rich Kiper is a Leavenworth Times columnist.