Countries need borders

Deploying the military to the border is necessary to defend U.S. sovereignty

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably noticed something about a caravan of people marching to the US southern border from Central America. The caravan started off with approximately 200 migrants but has since grown to more than 7,000 as it has moved through Central America after starting in Honduras, according to reports from BBC. 

In response to this, President Trump has rightly ordered the US military to deploy 5,000 troops to the border to aid US Border Patrol in stopping the caravan from entering the United States. 

Many of the President’s critics have fired off at his decision, calling it a “political stunt,” yet Trump is not the first president to send troops to the border. In fact, according to a CNN article from April 4, 2018, both of his predecessors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both sent the US military to the border.

From 2006 to 2008, Bush deployed 6,000 troops to the border to assist with illegal border crossings and drug seizures. In 2010, Obama deployed 1,200 troops to the border for those same reasons. So President Trump is absolutely in the right to deploy troops to our border, especially when there’s a caravan of 7,000 people marching towards our border and threatening US sovereignty. Yet, many in the Democrat Party and the mainstream media argue that the caravan should be let in because they are seeking asylum.

However, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has offered asylum for these caravan members, but the caravan continues to march on towards the US southern border in hopes of gaining access to the United States. 

If these people were truly seeking asylum, they would have taken the offer from Mexico and accepted aid there. To put it in simple terms: if you’re on a plane and that sucker is going down, you’re not going to run to a parachute at the other end of the plane, you’re going to get the closest one nearby and peace-the-hell out of there. But the fact that these migrants continue towards the US tells us that they aren’t just seeking asylum. 

In addition, not all of these migrants are as peaceful as the media portrays them to be. In fact, on Nov. 1, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a statement entitled ‘Myth vs. Fact: Caravan,’ detailing their discoveries about some of the caravan members. 

“We continue to be concerned about individuals along the caravan route. In fact, over 270 individuals along the caravan route have criminal histories, including known gang membership,” the statement read. “Those include a number of violent criminals – examples include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, sexual assault on a child, and assault on a female.” 

In addition, a Fox News article released on Nov. 19, 2018 confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had updated that number to approximately 500 individuals in the caravan with a criminal record. 

The simple fact is that we as a country have no idea who is coming into our nation from this caravan, and without a process and border, we could potentially be letting some dangerous people into our communities. Not to mention that a second caravan of approximately 1,000 migrants is making its way towards the US and is currently in southern Mexico, according to the Washington Post.

President Trump also understands that fairness in our immigration system is key, as it is unjust to the millions of immigrants who came to this country legally and went through the process to come to this great land we all share. 

Letting people who are unvetted and unchecked into the United States is a dangerous bargain, and it isn’t fair to the communities on the southern border in states such as Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas, to have to deal with this massive problem. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why people want to come here. This is the greatest country in the world and a place where the dreams of all people from any country can come true. However, if people are going to come here, they must do it the legal way. 

A country isn’t a country unless it has borders, and the number one job of any President is to defend the country they were elected to represent. If sending the US military is what it takes to stop the assault on US sovereignty and our law, then so be it.


SHAWN FLEETWOOD
SHAWN.FLEETWOOD.18@CNU.EDU

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