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?
We’ll see what happens.