At the link, you can see video of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen explaining President Trump’s decision to send National Guard troops to assist border security agents on the U.S.-Mexico border in response to an increasing flow of illegal immigration.
And here’s more on the story that helped spur Trump’s decision: that caravan of up to 1500 Central Americans that was moving northward through Mexico. Trump threatened that if Mexico didn’t take action to stop allowing illegal entrants to move freely across its territory and toward our border, it could endanger NAFTA. Mexico’s government defiantly replied that its immigration policies aren’t “subject to pressure,” but said it would disperse the caravan. That action reportedly included handing out 230 transit visas, and another 168 visas to stay in Mexico.
It’s unclear how many of the rest might continue traveling north to try to enter the US. This caravan is part of a symbolic effort that’s launched every Easter to draw attention to the dangers refugees face back in countries such as Honduras and El Salvador. They travel in a big group as protection from robbers and kidnappers. Most stay in Southern Mexico, although others continue on to the US. Some told reporters that they don’t understand why Trump thinks they’re a danger to America and doesn’t have compassion for them.
But in phrasing it in such a way, they reveal that they have no more understanding of US immigration laws than do CNN correspondents or Nancy Pelosi. Trump didn’t make the laws that were passed and signed by elected representatives from both parties, and enforcing them isn’t a personal vendetta, it’s his sworn duty. His job is to show compassion for American citizens by insuring they are safe and not exposed to the dangers of open borders, including the threats of crime, terrorism and disease. It’s the governments of Honduras, El Salvador and other nations around the world that show no compassion for their people when they can’t or won’t control criminals within their borders or recognize their people's God-given rights. It’s not the responsibility of the US to allow their entire populations to move here.
There are many nations blessed with abundant natural resources and great people, but cursed by bad leaders. If their people can band together into a big enough force to overcome criminals and cross a thousand miles of badlands, then they should band together into a big enough group to force government change and defeat the criminals at home.
I was on “The Story With Martha MacCallum” on Fox News yesterday, talking about this subject. If you missed it (or you understandably just can’t get enough of me on your TV), you can watch the video here.
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