As our nation is beginning to come to grips with the terror of the serial political mail bomb scares of yesterday, there is another time sensitive issue facing America at her southern border.
Crossing Mexico from south to north this week is a massive caravan of migrants, many of whom began their journey in Honduras and other Central American countries. The horde of migrants has ballooned in recent days, with reports that they are marching 14,000 strong as of yesterday. Their mission? To reach the United States and seek to enter this land of opportunity. The concern is that this influx will be of the illegal variety, with migrants foregoing the path to citizenship in favor of brute force or stealthy trespassing.
Given the size of the group, even the most minute of misunderstandings could lead to a veritable disaster once they reach the US border. In preparation for the worst, the American government has announced a plan to dispatch a number of military personnel to the region to preserve the peace.
The Trump administration is planning to dispatch 800 more troops to the border at the direction of a president who has declared illegal immigration a “national emergency” and has been stoking fears about it ahead of the fast-approaching midterms just as he did before his own election.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order as early as Thursday sending 800 or more troops to the southern border to support the Border Patrol, according to a U.S. official. The official was not authorized to speak publicly because the details had not yet been finalized and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The order comes as thousands of Central American migrants continue their caravan trek through Mexico toward the hoped-for, but still far-distant U.S. border. Trump earlier Thursday tweeted that he was “bringing out the military” to stop those trying to enter the country and blamed Democrats for existing laws.
It is currently impossible to predict when and where the caravan will meet US soil.
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