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Of course the military must be sent to the border

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Of course the military must be sent to the border

The most irresponsible move any president could make is to know up to 10,000 people were heading to the border with intent of breaching it and NOT send the military. The migrant caravan heading towards us from Mexico, which is reportedly comprised of 85% adult males, poses a threat regardless of their stated intentions.

Let’s be clear. Even if you believe the vast majority of people in the caravan are simply looking for a better life, you cannot ignore the risk from the few who have other intentions. If you believe there aren’t many people in the caravan with dangerous intentions, you’ve already bought into the leftist media message and Democratic Party talking points. There’s no way the truth is going to convince you otherwise.

Nevertheless, critics are already calling it the wrong move to send 5,000 troops to the border to support border patrol agents.

Military to Deploy 5,000 Troops to Southern Border

https://www.wsj.com/articles/military-to-deploy-5-000-troops-to-southern-border-u-s-officials-say-1540820650The U.S. military plans to deploy 5,000 troops to the southwest U.S. border in anticipation of a caravan of would-be asylum seekers and migrants currently moving northward in Mexico, U.S. officials said Monday.

The new figure is a major increase from initial estimates of 800 troops and would represent a military force equal to about one-third the number of customs officials currently working at the border. The military sent about 2,000 National Guard troops to the area earlier this year.

The military will be there for support, intimidation, and to stop an invasion if the group turns out to be militant. Chances of the latter are slim, but again we’re talking about thousands of young, able-bodied men. We cannot assume they are not armed and ready to breach the border by force. Making that assumption, no matter how slim the chances, would be a huge mistake.

Assuming they’re not all armed with AK-47s and rocket launchers, the military’s role there will be to assist border patrol in spotting illegal border crossings. They will almost certainly not participate in apprehending them unless the force is so great that true military action is required.

Leftists will argue that this is an attempt at intimidating members of the caravan. They’re absolutely right. What they get wrong is believing there’s no need to intimidate them. If this is going to be an orderly and safe experience for people on both sides of the border, including the caravan itself, then intimidation is necessary. Otherwise, we may see something similar to what Mexico saw today.

Watch this video of a 2nd migrant caravan trying to breach the Mexican border

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/29/watch-video-2nd-migrant-caravan-trying-breach-mexican-border/We’ve been saying for weeks that if the large migrant caravan that’s heading towards the United States border is allowed to enter, it would spark new caravans to form weekly. What we didn’t anticipate was that they’d be sparked by the first caravan’s ability to breach the Mexican border first.

In other words, it seems they believed it would be harder to get into Mexico than to get into America.

Mexico repelled an attempted invasion by the second caravan. During the attempted breach, a Honduran migrant was shot and killed, though Mexican officials deny the shots were fired by them. That should worry us all.

Even if most in the caravan have peaceful, positive intentions, a military presence is necessary to keep things from getting out of hand. Critics of the move need to back off. They have no clear argument against deploying troops to the border.

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As predicted, Trump offers DACA amnesty in exchange for border wall

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As predicted Trump offers DACA amnesty in exchange for border wall

Throughout Trump’s first two years in office, I’ve been one of only a handful of conservative voices shouting from the rooftops that the New York liberal’s promise to fix America’s out-of-control illegal immigration problem was nothing but a lie.

As a candidate, Trump promised to build a “big beautiful powerful wall” on our southern border at Mexico’s expense, and he promised to overturn Obama’s unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order that allowed illegals to stay in America indefinitely. Unfortunately, the “wall” has become an “artistically designed” barrier of some sort funded by the U.S. taxpayer, and DACA is not only still in effect, it’s on its way to becoming permanent.

While the reality of Trump’s broken promises dealing with illegal immigration have been crystal clear to those not drinking the orange Kool-Aid, his inevitable betrayal on the issue has been brought sharply into focus since last summer.

In May 2018, as Trump and the GOP were looking for ways to save their jobs ahead of the midterms, the House Freedom Caucus joined hands with Democrats to push for a “fix” to DACA.

In June 2018, Paul Ryan proposed a plan that would allow DREAMers to legally stay in the country and be put on the pathway to citizenship in exchange for $23 billion for building a border wall.

Following their September 2018 budget betraying funding everything from Planned Parenthood to DACA and sanctuary cities, rumors began spreading around Washington that Trump was ready to cut an immigration deal with Democrats in light of the reality that the Democrats were about to retake the House in the midterms.

The Democrats did retake the House, and in the days since their victory, Trump and the GOP have been laying the foundation for their inevitable immigration betrayal. With the help of Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, trading DACA amnesty for a border wall is now the official position of the Trump administration and the GOP-controlled Senate.

So, it came as no surprise when Trump proposed a deal over the weekend to end to his manufactured government shutdown by offering Democrats a three-year extension of DACA in exchange for $5 billion for border security funding — an idea originally conceived by Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Three years? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, but that’s just enough time to kick the can down the road until after his 2020 election … assuming there is one. And just in case there are any doubts about the motivation behind this three-year timeframe, consider this: Mitch McConnell, who has refused to let the Senate vote on the shutdown, has endorsed Trump’s offer and will hold vote on it this week.

Mickey is also up for re-election in 2020.

For now, Democrats are rejecting Trump’s offer, but it’s only a matter of time before they get what they want. After all, Trump and the GOP want the same thing.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Democrats need a reminder of Nikki Haley’s clear perspective on immigration

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Democrats need a reminder of Nikki Haley's clear perspective on immigration

There are two false narratives being shared by most Democrats and leftist media. First, they say there’s no illegal immigration problem at the border that can be partially fixed by a border wall. Second, they believe that Republicans are against legal immigration.

It’s been a long time since a Republican, including the President, has said or done anything against legal immigration. The antiquated notion that all Republicans are racist is clearly untrue. Because of the Democrats’ insatiable hatred for President Trump, they’ve increased their racist rhetoric against Republicans by injecting both false accusations and identity politics into every conversation.

Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has plenty of experience dealing with foreign policy issues. Contrary to popular belief, immigration is a foreign policy issue. It may affect us at home, but the core of the problem is our relationships with and proximity to other nations whose people want to live and work here.\

She also had to deal with it as Governor of South Carolina, so she’s experienced the executive and diplomatic aspects of both legal and illegal immigration. This makes her perspective on the issue more informed than most.

In a quote, she laid out very clearly the perspectives necessary to tackle our border security issue. On one hand, we must stop illegal immigration. It does great harm to the United States and American citizens. On the other hand, we are a nation that has always embraced legal immigration as a means to make the nation stronger. She says it much better in her quote:

“We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.”

Democrats need to be reminded that border security isn’t an expression of racism just as illegal immigration isn’t a version of legal immigration. We have to reduce one in order to justify or even increase the other.


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Mark Meadows’ solution to the border crisis and shutdown stalemate is almost perfect

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Mark Meadows solution to the border crisis and shutdown stalemate is almost perfect

House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) posted an idea that would start solving the border crisis, allow the President to open up the government, and avoid the use of a national emergency declaration. His solutions: 10 USC 274/284.

These provisions of general military powers deal with the “maintenance and operation of equipment” and “support for counterdrug activities and activities to counter transnational organized crime.” If you’re wondering what any of that has to do with the border wall President Trump wants, the answer is disappointing. They don’t allow for a wall.

But they do allow for a fence.

Specifically, it allows for:

“Construction of roads and fences and installation of lighting to block drug smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States.”

There would be no need to declare a national emergency to make it happen. Technically, the President wouldn’t even need to sign off. Congress has already appropriated powers to the Secretary of Defense to provide support “for other departments or agencies of the Federal Government or a State, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies” to help them fight transnational drug smuggling and organized crime at the border.

While no definition of a fence is detailed, it could be complicated to try to define steel slats as a fence. Nevertheless, fences like the one pictured above in Israel have proven their value.

Israel recently demonstrated with their fence on the Egyptian border that barriers work. They were able to cut illegal immigration to nearly zero after its completion in 2012. It’s under 150 miles worth of fence compared to nearly 2000 miles of border with Mexico, but considering what we have now – open air along most of the border – this would be an incredible improvement.

It would be a huge political win for the President following the Democrats’ declining his offer to extend DACA protections yesterday. He could open up the government and immediately start building a barrier at the southern border without giving the Democrats anything. They will look foolish for not accepting the President’s offer, then losing everything while the President still secures the border.

The President should immediately act on Representative Meadows’ suggestion. No DACA extension. No national emergency declaration. Build the barrier at the border now and open up the government immediately. Everyone wins except Chuck and Nancy.


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