Seal off the Border, Send in the Troops

President Trump’s latest plan to stop the migrant caravan involves the military.

In a tweet this morning, President Trump said the follow: “In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUT SOUTHERN BORDER!...”

This comes after news that a caravan of roughly 4,000 migrants is making its way to our southern border, passing through several countries to get here.

Here are several articles on the subject:

There is no question that a nation has the sovereign right to decide who gets across their borders and whether those points of entry shall remain open during a time when sovereignty is threatened.

I would like to present several questions and concerns, withholding my commentary and analysis until after this plays out.

1. Constitutionality: Can the President order the military to guard the border?

2. Logistics: Can the military even do this in a practical manner?

3. Purpose: Is Trump sealing the border to prevent the caravan or to send a signal to Mexico by restricting commerce?

4. Human rights: Can the military stop the caravan and have this not be a PR nightmare?

5. What alternatives are there? Can border patrol handle this? Can diplomatic pressure solve it? Can the national guard be called up instead?

All of this reminds me of Ted Cruz’s primary campaign in 2016 where he joked about what would really stop illegal immigration.

“Imagine you had traveled thousands of miles in the blazing sun, you swim across the Rio Grande, the first thing you see is 90,000 IRS agents. You’d turn around and go home too!”

Maybe that’s the solution Trump is looking for?

As of 6:50 this evening, President Trump tweeted that Mexico is sending in federal police with riot gear to Mexico’s southern border.

We’ll see what happens.

Comments
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aprilmoon
aprilmoon

Oh, but these people are being enticed to come here. By employers who rely on cheap labor. By progressive open border activists. By drug cartels who find people smuggling more lucrative than drug smuggling. Maybe they just are coming here because our laws give each and every one a fair hearing about asylum claims. Granted with the UN involved in Mexico, the biggest majority will be disappointed. As for closing the border, that is cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Bosman
Bosman

How about changing the name of the Coast Guard to the 'Coast and Border Guard' then beef up their numbers and place them at the border with the task of NOT ALLOWING ILLEGAL ENTRY to the U.S. before entry.

Badmoon
Badmoon

I had a grandfather that was in the Army for three years in the 2d Infantry Division. He was at Eagle Pass, Texas from 1920- 1923. His duty was to patrol the Mexican border. So yes the military can be used on the border.

TP1954
TP1954

One of the military's main function is to protect our borders so why would it not be Constitutional? There is only a PR problem with the Democrats, everyone else wants the borders sealed. If the military is too expensive then build the dang wall.

heimdall
heimdall

there is no such thing as an illegal immigrant in the US code the proper term is illegal alien

an immigrant is someone who wishes to become a citizen, learn the language and obey the laws

someone who enters with the intent to change the language.laws and customs to what they bring in is an enemy invader

we need an interdiction zone

if they came in at any place other than a legal point of entry

NOTHING

no asylum

no work permit fingerprint and DNA check for priors and never another chance