A caravan of nearly 7,000 people is currently careening toward our border through Mexico. They expect to be granted asylum when they arrive, putting immense stress on our services. Meanwhile, real Americans continue to struggle – including our disabled, our veterans, and our seniors.
But the President isn’t going to take this invasion lying down. Instead, he’s planning to have the military play an active role in defending our border. In a series of Twitter posts released Monday, October 30th, he shared the details of that plan.
• “Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border,” the first tweet read. “Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”
• The fact that a looming caravan of nearly 7,000 migrants continues to head toward our border through Mexico is a huge red flag that serious action is required. While Trump has made significant progress in slowing the trickle of immigrants coming in, it’s clear a significant number of people from Central and South American countries are still coming. And the only reason they’d make such a risky trip is if they really think they’ll get in.
• Trump also threatened to withdraw humanitarian aid to countries like Honduras and Guatemala. His request? Only that they start playing an active role in stopping immigrant outflow to the United States. The requests for assistance are often graciously filled, but there is only so much “water” in the well. Eventually, we have to focus on our own people.
• It appears that a military response at the border, if a clash occurs, would be lead by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who spoke on the issue at a recent press conference. If the need to deploy occurs, Mattis plans to send extra personnel to stand guard and prevent entry.
• Mexico has stepped up in recent weeks with offers to resettle some migrants in various Mexican cities. Their offer even includes the possibility of monetary assistance, yet many migrants continue to push toward the United States. Some cite gang violence and corruption in Mexico, stating that the Central American country is little better than their own countries in terms of survival.
• It’s hard to blame migrants from wanting to enter and live in our beautiful country, but letting just anyone in? That’s just not an option. It’s one thing to be gracious and generous – it’s another entirely to overlook the risks to ourselves.