Re: Tear gas and rubber bullets shot at rushing migrants at the border.
Why are you seemingly labeling his entire base xenophobic? I know several Trump supporters that care only about immigration LAWS being enforced, and nothing else. The laws are codified. Any sovereign nation in the entire WORLD has the right to protect its borders and enforce its laws.
But you introduce a good point: Trump has heavily politicized the immigration issue. It can't go under the radar like it did for Obama's entire 8 year campaign when he was referred to as The Deporter in Chief by immigration activist groups. The ACLU, much to their credit hounded him periodically for humanitarian violations. Where were all our fashionable political activists then? Where were the nation wide protests? Where was the social media outrage?
With Obama it was keeping a "strong" border presence, that included, as you read, tear gas and rubber bullets.
With Trump its something much more evil and sinister, despite his methods being nearly identical to Obama's
Whatever the differences in styles between the two, the treatment of immigrants at the border was and IS the same.