Another large group of Central Americans are headed north to the United States, clearly egged on and financially supported by various interests opposed to U.S. sovereignty. The timing of this is obvious, to underscore the issue just as we reach the election. As such, it is a make-or-break situation for the administration, which campaigned on regaining control of our borders.
The president is saying the right things. The question is whether his administration will follow through, with all the “resisting” that will engender on the Left.
Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to seal America’s southern border with military force unless Mexico intervenes to stop the flow of illegal immigrants traveling to the U.S. from Central America.
The stern, tweeted warning came as a group of more than 4,000 travels north through Mexico in the hope of reaching the United States, despite having no visas or other legal papers to enter.
Trump blamed his Democratic rivals for the resulting chaos, saying ‘they want Open Borders and existing weak laws.’
I’ll repeat what I’ve said here many times: the sole legitimate purpose of a military is to secure a nation from invasion and external interference. But that seems to be the only thing we WON’T use it for in recent decades. If our country doesn’t have the will to seal our borders against obvious and recurrent provocations, then we deserve the fate that awaits us. These invaders won’t become Americans. They will continue to make America a little more like the places they came from. I don’t recall “we the people” agreeing to that.
The gauntlet is being thrown, in a very public fashion. Trump has to respond, or will lose the support of a significant part of his base: Americans who feel increasingly alienated in their own country. The Left believes that confrontation on the border, covered by a sympathetic press, will help their cause. But if Trump has the backbone to use the military and all other resources at his disposal to detain this entire group, holding them for immediate processing back to their home country, he likely can ensure his reelection in 2020.
The next three weeks should be interesting ones.