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Sending Military to the Border?

Terry H. Schwadron

Oct. 19, 2018

President Donald Trump is threatening to deploy the military and to close the southern U.S. border if Mexico does not halt two caravans of Central America migrants heading north, raising the risk of huge disruptions to trade and deepening the use of our kilitary as trained units to do anything in preservation of In fact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is en route today to meet with Mexican officials.

But wait. Haven’t we seen all this play itself out before?

Didn’t the same thing basically unfold six months ago and a year ago when the same kind of caravan formed relatively spontaneously with about the same threats. The deployment was of national guardsmen from four states in the region until California saw that the national guardsmen were not being use for much of anything besides traffic control and simply called its guard units home.

Several thousand Honduran migrants moved this week through Guatemala, and some were trying to cross to Mexico on Thursday, local media said. Some hope to eventually enter the United States to escape violence and poverty.

Basically, Trump wants the threat to simply stop migrants from coming north, and wants the Central American and Mexican governments to make it so, though they are loath to want to do this. Basically, Trump has offered to stop all border trade, which is pretty impossible, or to stop all foreign aid to those nations, which, of course, is possible.

So, Trump instead turns to the military, though national guards members. But, it seems,

U.S. state governors, even those who would comply with the president’s wishes, are constrained from sending their guard units to the border take any actual work away from border law enforcement.

It was in pursuit of stopping exactly these type of migrant caravans thattightening along the border led to ICE seizures of children from the arms of migrant parents and grandparents.

That all of this is happening in the month before the November elections cannot escape notice. Trump’s pulling out all the stops in an attempt to keep voters in his Republican ballot choices.

The caravans form naturally as people seeking asylum from their native countries, walking in groups for their own protection. They are fleeing from bad criminal situations not into new ones as new unwanted. The numbers are up this year over last year and almost month to month with established immigrants. Still, the local officials who have talked with the caravan members generally turn up, as they have previously, that individuals are fed up with the violence to them in their homes.

But sending in the military? I while using government time is competing with the police cover the adoption of migrant children.

Instead, how about if we do what might late mother-in-law suggested several times for Iraq and Afghanistan — sending in social workers? At least they won’t accidently shoot each other.

An ally, Mexico has turned to the World Court for relief from the U.S. enforcement of rules. Mexican officials seen that after many years of opposition, it might try working together. In an opportunity, an opportunity for mutual understand of these native people should be able to recognize as compromise.

Ultimately, the harsh joke will be on Mexico, by the way because the specific UN agency is the one that Trump has sought to eliminate, by starving its budget.

Somehow the suggestion that we work with the Honduran and Guatemalan governments to better the living conditions there to keep people from wanting to leave just never seems to get off the ground. Or, maybe that doesn’t make such a good rallying cry.


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