Anyone hoping the judicial ruling had green-lit a flood of asylum-seekers… can guess again. Whatever that judge may have ruled about amnesty only being available to lawful border crossers, Trump’s not finished yet.
Border security is still a huge priority for the President and he’s still got a few aces up his sleeve. It looks like he’s going to need it since the ‘caravan’ doesn’t look like it wants to work and play well with others.
The would-be border jumpers are already wearing out their welcome in Tijuana. And what are they planning to do next? They are reportedly planning a ‘human stampede’ to force their way into America.
Gee, that sounds like something good, well-adjusted, law-abiding citizens might do, doesn’t it?
We already know that criminal organizations there use events like this one where our defensive resources are otherwise occupied as cover for their own objectives.
And their objectives are a serious — lethal — problem, as various recent fentanyl busts will remind us.
As one example:
“Fentanyl is one of the most lethal threats facing Maryland right now. As little as two milligrams of fentanyl can be a lethal dose, and the 20 kilograms of fentanyl seized in this case to date is enough to kill 10 million people — more than one and a half times the population of Maryland,” Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said in the release. “We are working with our partners to attack the sources of supply, as well as the street dealers who are committing the most violence in our neighborhoods.”
Fentanyl, which is about 50 times more powerful than heroin, is sometimes mixed with heroin by dealers to give users a more potent high.
The synthetic opioid is blamed for the epidemic of overdose deaths nationwide. Of Maryland’s 1,185 opioid overdoses in the first half of 2018, more than three-quarters involved fentanyl.
Source: Baltimore Sun
So, what can Trump do in the face of an angry mob demanding to be let in, and judges who seem hellbent on letting them?
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the migrant caravans headed toward the U.S. won’t be allowed to enter, a prediction he made after talking to Mexico’s foreign secretary.
“I have been in close contact with Mexican Foreign Secretary Videgaray and it has been one week since Secretary Nielsen and I had a constructive meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary-designate Marcelo Ebrard to discuss the migrant caravans,” Pompeo said in a statement issued on Thanksgiving.
“We have affirmed our shared commitment to addressing the current challenge,” he said. “The caravans will not be permitted to enter the United States. There are real dangers to the safety and human rights of migrants from those who would prey on them.”
Source: Washington Examiner
How can that be enforced? There are two ways.
One is closing the entire border (using Article II enumerated Presidential prerogatives), the other is simply defending the border (using force, if required).
President Donald Trump said Thursday he has authorized American troops on the US-Mexico border to “use lethal force” if necessary against an approaching group of migrants while also threatening to close “the whole border.”
Trump, who was speaking with military members and reporters at Mar-a-Lago, also said there “certainly could” be a government shutdown over border wall funding in December.
“If they have to, they’re going to use lethal force. I’ve given the OK,” Trump said. “If they have to — I hope they don’t have to.”
“I have no choice,” Trump said, and, without providing evidence, added, “You’re dealing with a minimum of 500 serious criminals” and “rough people.”
Of course, building an effective border wall would have been far simpler than moving to these more extreme measures. But too many elected officials have been uninterested in doing so.