April 05, 2018
President Trump hasn't picked the final design for his border wall, but he's settled on a temporary model: flesh and blood. With a caravan of 1,000 immigrants marching toward the U.S. border, the White House decided to act -- and soon. Almost immediately, the National Guard is being deployed to take up their positions on the southern border and stop the surge of illegals streaming into the United States, unchecked.
"The threat is real," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said seriously. More than a 1,000 people are breaking into the U.S. every day, she warned. And once they're here, it's almost impossible to get them out. "March numbers up 37 percent from February (the largest one month change in at least eight years) and TRIPLE over March 2017. We must secure our border. As [the president] has said: All options are on the table."
For now, the option that makes the most sense is using the National Guard, who can not only assist the Corps of Engineers to build the wall, but guard the border in the meantime. "Despite a number of steps this administration has taken... we continue to see unacceptable levels of illegal drugs, dangerous gang activity transnational criminal organizations and illegal immigration flow across our border," Nielson said. "Border security is homeland security, which is national security," Nielsen argued. And one way to get other countries' attention is to put a stronger, more powerful presence in place that would help discourage caravans like the one in Central America. "We will not allow these illegal immigration levels to become the norm."
With the population of Pittsburgh pouring through our gates every year, this is no longer a partisan issue -- it's a sovereignty issue. President Trump strongly believes, and I agree, that it's time to take our border security seriously. If that means sending our National Guard -- under state authority with federal funding -- so be it. After all, this is the proper constitutional function of the Guard. If the White House had ordered the U.S. military to guard the border, that would have been another story. Instead, Trump kept our troop involvement limited, as it should be, to surveillance activities.
And while the media seems stirred up by the order, it's really nothing new. Presidents Bush and Obama both sent National Guard troops to the border to deal with everything from drug smuggling to immigration. This president understands, as they did, that America is in a crisis situation. We can't continue to stand by while outsiders violate our laws and help others do the same. It's time to stop ignoring illegal behavior. Until we build a physical wall and Congress builds a legislative one, the problem will only get worse.
"Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW!" the president tweeted. "The Democrats stand in our way -- they want people to pour into our country unchecked....CRIME! We will be taking strong action today." If there's one thing this president has mastered, it's strong and decisive action. And on issues like this, America is better for it.
For more on the news, check out FRC's Lt. General Boykin on Fox News earlier today.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.