Federal Troops On the Border: More Not Less
Federal Troops On the Border: More Not Less
Monday afternoon, the projected number of federal troops being sent to the U.S./Mexico border ratcheted up exponentially. Initial reports of 800 ballooned to 5200 by the time a Pentagon press conference made it official.
BREAKING: Defense Department sending 5,200 active-duty troops this week to "harden" southern border against migrant caravan, still some 1,000 miles from U.S.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 29, 2018
The DoD briefing was pretty clear on the numbers.
Administration officials said last week that they were considering a plan to send up to 1,000 active duty troops to the border, but that deployment, dubbed Operation Faithful Patriot, will now surpass 5,200, said General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, commander of U.S. Northern Command. He said the number of troops could rise depending on the demands placed on U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents manning the border.
“That is just the start of this operation,” O’Shaughnessy said during a press conference at CBP headquarters in Washington on Monday. “Border security is national security.”
…The troops will not conduct law enforcement activities, but some will be armed as they provide support to Border Patrol agents along the border.
Using federal troops means they get there much quicker than a reserve call-up, and they have more assets immediately available. A support role maintains the constitutionality of the orders, and well as being a pretty clever (*insertsmirk*) work around:
Use of active-duty troops also enables the Trump administration to bypass California Gov. Jerry Brown, who has resisted use of troops along the border in the past.
There already are about 2,000 National Guard troops assisting at the border under a previous Pentagon operation.
Using federal troops at home is fraught with its own peril. For starters, the illegal immigrant caravan has hardly been a model of good order and discipline. And when the countries in the way have attempted to turn them back, or deny them access to a border crossing at all, it gets violent quickly.
A 26-year-old Honduran migrant has died of a head wound after a group of migrants clashed with Guatemalan and Mexican police on a border bridge between the two countries.
Guatemalan volunteer firefighters said they tried to treat the man Sunday but the injury apparently from a rubber bullet was too severe.
The Honduran migrants broke down the metal gates at the Guatemalan and Mexican border stations at the Suchiate River after authorities in both countries closed them. Firefighters said dozens of people were hurt.
Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete says his country’s police were not carrying guns, not even to fire rubber bullets. He says federal police were attacked with “stones, firecrackers, glass bottles and glass bottles,” and some of the aggressors were carrying firearms and gasoline bombs.
Ah, yes. Quite a different picture from a law enforcement perspective, as opposed to that ‘women and children’ line we keep hearing. In any event, it’s a horrible situation for federal troops to be in. They are NOT trained law enforcement, only have rudimentary crowd control training, and there will be Hell to pay if one of them shoots somebody, WHATEVER the circumstances (see this case where a Marine was charged in a border shooting).
All of this is allowing proponents on the other side of the issue to wail about cruelty, stupidity racism and…election theater.
The rapid timetable of the operation suggests the Trump administration wants to get the troops to the border before the election, even though a caravan of migrants that is moving through Mexico is still hundreds of miles from the border.
“The men and women of the U.S. military work hard to protect us from real threats. It is beyond cynical, and sets a terrible precedent, to exploit them for political stagecraft in the run-up to an election,” said Adam Isacson, director for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America, an advocacy group that focuses on Latin America.
“The migrant caravan is mostly children and families. Most plan to ask for asylum if they make it to the U.S. border, and most will not make it. By the time they get here, the so-called caravan may be just a few hundred people. Unless soldiers are being trained to fill in asylum forms and to care for kids and moms, this is the very opposite of what the U.S. military’s mission is,” he added.
“MOSTLY children and families.” REALLY? Then what did my lying eyes see in the video above? Or in damn near ANY picture of the horde?
Like this one:
Entirely reminiscent of the waves coming out of Syria towards Europe – 90+% young and male. That seems to have worked out so well for European countries, n’est pas?
An anti-Trump beat goes on, regardless. The AP – journalistic integrity incarnate – wouldn’t take sides, would they? In. A. Heartbeat.
Trump escalates threats against migrant caravan
Eager to focus voters on immigration in the lead-up to the midterm elections, President Donald Trump on Monday escalated his threats against a migrant caravan trudging slowly toward the U.S. border as the Pentagon prepared to deploy thousands of U.S. troops to support the border patrol.
“At a moment we need a president that helps the nation heal and unite, we have one that is ripping us apart and using racism, xenophobia and antisemitism as strategic weapons in the run up to the elections,” tweeted Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, an immigration advocacy group.
All the reports knock themselves out to repeat, ad nauseum (besides ‘women and children’), that the caravan is “STILL HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY.” Logistics is a foreign concept to folks who advocate foreign invasions.
Federal troops don’t magically appear when the caravan does. Nor should they. That would be the exact opposite of “prepared.” Troops in situ and prepared are also a deterrent of their own – knowing the defenders are ready for the assault may very well give everyone, but the most hardened cases pause to reflect on the wisdom of continuing. Indeed, it’s also much safer for all concerned. There is chaos in last minute response.
The troops are expected to perform a wide variety of functions such as transporting supplies for the Border Patrol, but not engage directly with migrants seeking to cross the border from Mexico, officials said. One U.S. official said the troops will be sent initially to staging bases in California, Texas and Arizona while the CBP works out precisely where it wants the troops positioned. U.S. Transportation Command posted a video on its Facebook page Monday of a C-17 transport plane that it said was delivering Army equipment to the Southwest Border in support of Operation Faithful Patriot.
National Guard troops routinely perform those same functions, so it remains unclear clear why active duty forces would be used. The National Guard is often used by states to help with border security. But active duty troops are rarely deployed within the United States except for domestic emergencies like hurricanes or floods.
The U.S. military has already begun delivering jersey barriers to the southern border in conjunction with the deployment plans.
Just a constant drumbeat of “why is this happening” for the feeble minded. Witness the Daily Mail’s characterization of a mob’s gate storming.
“Rowdy.” Like lads out on Saturday night!
Our obligatory “RACIST” tweet:
All the cheerleading makes one wonder if they don’t read their own articles. Tucked in among the heartrending appeals, and condemnation of defending one’s borders, are all these little nuggets about peace loving/escaping violence caravan folks.
American military equipment has already begun arriving at the southern border ahead of an imminent troop deployment to block the migrant caravan, while in Mexico tensions have broken out with migrants attacking a local man who was distributing food.
To repeat: they attacked a man giving them food.
Municipal security chief Raul Medina Melendez in the town of Tapanatepec says that some in the crowd grew upset when a man with a megaphone urged them to line up and wait their turn for sandwiches and water the town was distributing late Saturday.
He says some began to attack him and he fled down a street. A false rumor spread that the man had grabbed a child for protection from the attackers.
The assailants caught and beat him, but police intervened and he was treated at a hospital.
Contrary to what everyone above believes, this IS an invasion. The president is well within his purview to truncate the attempted border breach AT the border, AND use the military if he feels he has to. Our very oath as United States military members says “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” There are no specifications what the enemy looks like, what defines enemy, nor if you can only actively defend against enemies on foreign shores. It simply says ALL enemies.
There are, give or take, 7000 foreign invaders heading towards our very long, very porous, inadequately defended border. Our overstretched Border Patrol has its hands full with the normal swarm of everyday fence jumpers, desert trekkers and river swimmers.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Nielsen said there was a “crisis on the border” with U.S. officials apprehending 1,500 to 1,700 migrants a day outside of those associated with the caravan, asserting those making their way toward the border won’t be allowed in the United States.
Talk about Election Theater! Read what desperate MO Senator Claire McCaskill had to say to Fox News:
Well, shut my mouth and call me “Nancy”! How about that?
This is a concentrated attempt to breach our national boundary and it cannot stand. It is far safer to overplay your hand than have too little. At long last, having a president (and his defense secretary) who understands, and WILL DEFEND THE BORDER, is a wonderful thing.
Feature Photo Credit: AP Photo/Santiago Billy