The left was aghast this week when, frustrated by the inaction of Congress, President Trump said he was done waiting around to do something about the rampant illegal immigration that is destroying American wages and posing a serious threat to the future of our very civilization. Alarmed in particular by reports of a “caravan” of illegal immigrants traveling from Honduras to the southern border of the U.S., Trump said this week that he would use the military to assist the Border Patrol and keep unwanted and uninvited guests out of our country.
“We’re going to be doing things militarily,” Trump said Tuesday. “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military.”
Trump said that he has already discussed plans to deploy the National Guard with the Pentagon and other Defense officials.
It was not surprising to see the usual suspects in the Democrat Party denounce the decision, but even a handful of Republican lawmakers decided to speak out against Trump’s move towards strength at the border. Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) told CNN that he wasn’t comfortable with the plan.
“I don’t really feel comfortable with deploying military troops and creating the possibility for an increase in violence and an escalation of the conflict,” he said. “These people should be stopped at the border and vetted out, just the normal process, and we should have plenty of agents down there to do that.”
Well, we “should” have a lot of things. The problem is that we don’t. And while Trump has made a lot of headway when it comes to beefing up border security, Congress has stymied him time and time again when it comes to funding the type of budgetary allocations he really needs to make a difference. As such, his decision to deploy the National Guard is not only perfectly legal and prudent but, as Fox News pointed out, completely within modern precedent.
“Both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have previously called on the National Guard to assist with border patrol,” reported Adam Shaw on Wednesday. “Obama sent about 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in 2010 to beef up efforts to battle drug smuggling and illegal immigration.
“Four years prior,” he wrote, “Bush deployed National Guard troops to the southern border, despite promising in a speech earlier that year that the U.S. would not ‘militarize the southern border,’ calling Mexico ‘our neighbor, and our friend.’”
But Bush’s decision was not about “militarizing the southern border” and neither was Obama’s and neither is Trump’s. It’s about making use of the resources we have and putting troops where we need them most. At this time and at this place and under these circumstances, Trump has to either let illegal immigration continue to fester as a national scourge or take decisive action. He understands all too well that this is not a choice at all. And he’s going to do what he has to do.