Thousands of migrants are massing in hordes to assail the U.S. Southern border, and thousands of military personnel are preparing to stop them. In a showdown of left vs right on illegal immigration policy, two caravans with an estimated 7,000 South Americans are traveling north to test the U.S. resolve.
When Pres. Trump took office, he vowed to end the open borders policies and loopholes that allowed millions to flow into the country undocumented. Coyotes, drug cartels and deadly street gangs such as MS-13 have successfully penetrated the border for decades, bringing drugs and violence to American streets.
The administration saw early success as fewer tried to cross over. But extreme-left Democrats have been vocal about open borders and sanctuary city policies that have been like a magnet to non-citizens. During the spring of 2018, the first large group attempted to overwhelm border officials when hundreds of El Salvadorans claimed asylum.
Many were disqualified because U.S. law states refugees must apply for asylum in the first country possible. It was all too apparent they were looking to tap into the American welfare system and hide in sanctuary cities such as San Francisco. But the move did result in some slipping through the bureaucratic cracks, prompting human traffickers to promote massive groups.
Recognizing the escalation of illegal immigration at the border, the president called on states to deploy National Guard units. The move was one his predecessors Pres George W. Bush and Pres. Obama both approved. But in-fighting with Democrat state governors who threatened to remove National Guard units unless the Trump Administration yielded to liberal policy ideology showed clear chips in the U.S. Border armor. The president pivoted by threatening to shutter the border and end taxpayer-funded aid to countries responsible for sending the hordes north.
“I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught — and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” Pres. Trump reportedly tweeted.
With Mexico now under populist leadership, they have attempted to deter the caravans — sort of. The U.S. still stares down a pair of hordes topping 7,000 with a renewed resolve that American cannot defend its sovereignty. Pres. Donald J. Trump has reportedly called up a reported 5,200 soldiers to support U.S. Border Patrol agents in what is being hailed as “Operation Secure Line.”
“The secretary of defense has approved providing mission-enhancing capabilities to the Department of Homeland Security” the Pentagon said in a statement. “U.S. Northern Command will be in the lead for the duration of the operation and is in support of Custom and Border Protection.”
The military soldiers will be part of a contingent that already includes thousands of National Guard troops, additional Custom and Border Patrol agents and tactical units.
The illegal migrant hordes have already declined to apply for asylum in Mexico, where they would be required to also apply for jobs as a prerequisite for refugee status. U.S. officials are currently making it clear that American troops are prepared to defend the border.
“We do not have any intention right now to shoot at people, but they will be apprehended, however,” Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. “But I also take my officers and agents, their own personal safety, extraordinarily seriously. They do have the ability, of course, to defend themselves.”
This quick escalation from additional border agents to National Guard units to the U.S. military deploying thousands appears to be a harbinger of the future. In a matter of months, migrants appear bent on taking advantage of weak American laws and easy access to welfare entitlements. More than 150,000 illegal migrants were detained at the border in 2016, and that number has sharply increased.
The president appears to have little choice but to move forward with a permanent solution as U.S. Commander-in-Chief to maintain the country’s national security and sovereignty. If Democrats regain power in the U.S. House, immigration reform will be off the table. That means building more of the president’s signature border wall and other monitoring assets are unlikely to be funded by Congress.
Democrats may be able to “resist” and “obstruct” immigration reform, but the president has the ability to station the military indefinitely at the southern border. This is a move that is long overdue.
~ Conservative Zone