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10/24/2018 / By JD Heyes
On Sunday, POTUS Donald Trump took to Twitter to express his outrage and frustration regarding the rapidly expanding migrant caravan that Honduran, Guatemalan, and Mexican authorities have thus far allowed safe passage as they steadily approach the United States.
“Full efforts are being made to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens from crossing our Souther [sic] Border. People have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the U.S. will turn them away. The courts are asking the U.S. to do things that are not doable!” he wrote, The National Sentinel reported.
He then added: “The caravans are a disgrace to the Democrat Party. Change the immigration laws NOW!”
Well, he’s not wrong about who is most to blame for our busted immigration system. Given that, Republicans – well, RINOs – are partly to blame as well.
But regardless of which party is culpable, the fact is we’ve got something like 5,000-10,000 people from Central America and Mexico currently en route to our southwestern border. And despite the president’s threats to cut off aid to those countries, nobody is doing much to stop this mass of humanity which, by any reasonable measure, is a full-on invasion of our country.
Only, the invaders aren’t carrying weapons, they’re carrying crying children and babies who will soon become wards of the U.S. taxpayer if they aren’t stopped short of our border.
What should the president do? What can the president do? (Related: President Trump says he has “no problem doing a shutdown” if border security isn’t properly addressed – Watch at Brighteon.com.)
He can rely on diplomacy but so far, our diplomatic efforts to convince our southern neighbors that exporting their poverty is a bad idea isn’t working. After all, if countries can offload their own poor onto U.S. welfare rolls, why not?
The president can order beefed up border security but where will the additional Border Patrol and ICE agents come from? He’d have to pull every available agent off their current interior assignments and redeploy them to the border. But where? We don’t yet know the location that the migrant invaders will attempt to cross, and in fact, the caravan will most likely diverge as it approaches with invaders trying to cross at several points. We don’t have enough border agents for that.
POTUS could order the armed forces to seal the border as he threatened last week. But let’s be reasonable. Images of U.S. troops interdicting ‘poor, helpless migrants’ (and especially migrant children) are not going to play well on the evening news. And while a majority of Americans support the president’s immigration policies, he took a hit politically after the dishonest media portrayed the administration’s former border separation policy as something Trump implemented and not his predecessors (Obama used the policy to good effect).
Also, where are the additional troops going to come from? Blue states refused the president’s earlier request for thousands of National Guard troops to augment Border Patrol officers along the U.S.-Mexico border. He could call up Guard forces for federal duty, but that would cost the Pentagon millions in operational expenses that have not been factored into the current budget.
Politically speaking, though, the specter of thousands of illegal alien invaders approaching the U.S. border unimpeded probably helps the president and the Republican Party more than it helps Democrats. But while that might boost the GOP’s congressional majority, we still don’t have a wall built and our immigration laws are still broken.
In short, POTUS Trump really has no good options. He can’t rely on Mexico, and the governments of the Central American countries of origin are money ahead even if they lose U.S. financial backing because they’re offloading their poor.
Nevertheless, his responsibility is to protect the country. And this is an invasion. So the poorest of options – deploying the military – may wind up being the only option the president has.
Read more about the migrant invasion of the U.S. at InvasionUSA.news.