Military must be part of the solution to the border crisis

Military must be part of the solution to the border crisis
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Thousands of aliens are making their way north through Mexico, aiming to cross the U.S. southern border. President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE is right to call it an invasion.

These caravans are being organized in a region that is struggling with terrorist infiltration. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales confirmed this during a recent security conference attended by Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceDozens of graduates walk out in protest of Pence address Trudeau on tariff deal: Canadian and US businesses can get back to 'working constructively together' Congress has a duty to go through with the impeachment and public trial of President Trump MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Senators say Trump using loophole to push through Saudi arms sale Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran MORE, as well as the presidents of Honduras and El Salvador and other Latin American dignitaries.


Morales said his administration has captured “close to 100 persons completely involved with terrorists, with ISIS, and we have not only detained them within our territory, but they have been deported to their country of origin.” Several of the terrorists were Syrians caught with fake documents, according to Guatemala’s head of intelligence. President Morales also revealed that Guatemalan authorities captured more than 1,000 gangsters, including members of MS-13, trying to enter the country. 

The political left would like us to believe there is no national security or public safety threat from these caravans. Are the anti-Trump media vetting each and every member of the caravan in Mexico? Of course not.

The Department of Homeland Security strongly suggests that threats to public safety and our national security are among the thousands of people committed to challenging our borders. The DHS last week confirmed:

  • There are individuals within the caravan who are gang members or have significant criminal histories.
  • Citizens of countries outside Central America, including countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere, are currently traveling through Mexico toward the U.S.

In a positive development, the Trump administration announced that approximately 5,000 U.S. troops are being deployed to the southern border. President Trump followed through on his threat to use the military to interdict the caravans in Mexico and the new caravans forming at Guatemala’s southern borders with Honduras and El Salvador. The nations of the region appear unwilling or unable (in the case of Guatemala) to staunch the caravans of illegal aliens heading toward America.

Illegal aliens who make it across the border would be free, assuming they apply for asylum, to go anywhere in the United States. We simply do not have the capacity to detain all of them on this side of the border, so they would likely disappear into the U.S. after being briefly, if at all, detained.

Judicial Watch’s investigative team in Guatemala recently reported that the Guatemalan government is trying to staunch the flow. 

The U.S., however, cannot outsource protecting our nation’s security to Guatemala. With the 5,000-strong troop deployment, President Trump is acting to protect our country.

President Trump should also consider asking Guatemala to allow us to deploy American troops to provide logistical and other support to Guatemala, so that country can deploy its resources to its own southern border to interdict the caravans from its south. Mexico also should be offered military assistance to interdict the caravans.

Such military deployments would both protect our nation and serve humanitarian needs.

Without decisive action, even with troops on our border, the U.S. could be facing an imminent catastrophe for its sovereignty, national security and public safety when the caravans arrive.

Tom Fitton is president of Judicial Watch, a conservative nonprofit educational foundation.