President Trump has made one thing abundantly clear ahead of a consequential midterm election on Tuesday: the United States will no longer tolerant illegal immigration.
Trump wants a wall, he wants increased border patrol funding, he wants immigration reform, he wants people to enter the country legally, and he especially wants countries in Central and South America to start respecting America’s immigration rules.
The president has paid a considerable amount of attention to the issue of illegal immigration throughout his administration but has been especially focused on the issue as a migrant caravan looms several hundred miles from the border.
Responding to the caravan, Trump sent a caravan of his own to greet (deter and prevent) those seeking to enter the U.S. illegally.
Check it out:
And this is our OUR “caravan” ~ meeting at the border.- Sarah Palin
Operation Faithful Patriot, the mission to defend the border against a looming thousands-strong member caravan, is underway as active duty soldiers have begun to travel to the southern border and 1,100 Camp Pendleton Marines stand ready to assist border patrol forces.
From NBC San Diego:
These Marines are engineers and trained in construction for the military, the spokesperson said. At this time, they remain at Camp Pendleton awaiting orders to report to the border.
Five San Diego military bases were selected by the DOD on Thursday to act as support installations, including Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Naval Base Coronado, Naval Base San Diego and Naval Base Point Loma.
The bases will be used for equipment and aircraft staging, the spokesperson said. It was unknown when they will be deployed and they could be deployed at a moment’s notice.
President Trump could send as many as 15,000 troops to the border to prevent illegal immigration and previously threatened to close the border altogether.
Check it out, via Fox News:
Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, who as head of U.S. Northern Command is leading the military operation, dubbed “Operation Faithful Patriot,” has argued that the caravan is a potential threat, although he has not fully defined the nature of that threat.
Migrants from Central America, including many families and hundreds of children, are slowly moving north, though they remain hundreds of miles from the border. One group got into a violent confrontation with Mexican police at the border with Guatemala, throwing rocks.
“I think what we have seen is we’ve seen clearly an organization at a higher level than we’ve seen before,” O’Shaughnessy said. “We’ve seen violence coming out of the caravan and we’ve seen as they’ve passed other international borders, we’ve seen them behave in a nature that has not been what we’ve seen in the past.”
While the closest migrant caravan reportedly lost about 3,000 people from its ranks—who turned back and or settled in Mexico—more than 4,000 people are still heading towards the U.S.
This is not the only caravan looming as another caravan, which entered Mexico last week, is heading for the U.S. and has displayed some violent tendencies when passing-through the Mexico-Guatemala border.
This caravan reportedly used guns and Molotov cocktails to do so. Sounds like the “invasion” Trump has been talking about. Watch: