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Trump threatens to deploy military along U.S.-Mexico border

If you’ve been following media reports you know that there is a large group of mostly Honduran migrants heading through Mexico bound for the U.S. border. Members of the large group are being assisted along the way by local nationals and, some believe, Left-leaning organizations that are assisting migrants with paperwork and asylum requests.

Reports are conflicting. Some say Mexican authorities are interdicting at least some of the migrants and deporting them. Photos accompanying some open-source media appear to depict Mexican interior authorities assisting migrants with paperwork while providing other assistance.

But other reports suggest that Mexican authorities are only going so far in assisting a certain number of migrants and that the rest — perhaps as many as 1,000 — are being allowed to continue their journey to the U.S. border, where they are expected to demand asylum.

Under current U.S. law if migrants claim asylum and are with a family unit they must be released to the interior of the country. With that in mind, President Trump earlier today told the White House press pool he would deploy the military along the border to prevent entry in the first place.

“We are going to be guarding our border with our military. That’s a big step,” Trump told reporters gathered at the White House. “We cannot have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing, and by the way never showing up for court.” [source]

Analysis comment: If Trump follows through, this would not be unprecedented. President George W. Bush sent more than a thousand National Guard troops to border areas in 2006 in response to an increase in illegal crossings. But this isn’t 2006 and politically speaking, the atmosphere in our country is a lot more volatile than it was then. The president as commander-in-chief could use this incident to order a partial or even complete sealing of the border, allowing only traffic at designated border crossings. He’s not likely to shut it down completely because that would prove economically disastrous. 

My bigger worry is that Left-leaning groups show up down in Texas to “assist” the migrants’ attempts to cross with arms and get into a fight with Border Patrol and U.S. military personnel. The optics of that would be disastrous for our country and cause further polarization at a time when it is already dangerously high. 

The thing is, Trump can’t sit back and do nothing. He has a responsibility as commander-in-chief to protect the country. Also, the issue of illegal immigration is huge for him — politically, it’s massive. He has to continue following through on his promise to fully enforce all immigration laws. 

I’m not forecasting a ‘showdown,’ mind you, but just relaying some potential problems if the migrant group makes it to our border (with continued Mexican assistance) and pro-immigration groups show up to ‘welcome’ them. 

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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