Reports out today are that President Trump and General Mad Dog Mattis are deploying at least 800 active duty troops to the southern border to meet the Migrant Caravan.
Sounds like good news right?
The only problem is they may be unarmed and only there to “assist” the Border Patrol with things like setting up tents!
This is not good!
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Here are more of the details, so you can see for yourself what we're reporting, this is from the AP News:
The Trump administration is planning to dispatch at least 800 active duty troops to the southern border at the direction of a president who has sought to transform fears about immigration into electoral gains in the midterms as a caravan of thousands of migrants makes its way through Mexico.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order sending the troops to the border, bolstering National Guard forces already there, an official said Thursday. The action comes as President Donald Trump has spent recent days calling attention to the caravan of Central Americans slowly making their way by foot into southern Mexico, but still more than 1,000 miles from U.S. soil.
Trump, who made fear about immigrants a major theme of his 2016 election campaign, has been eager to make it a top issue heading into the Nov. 6 midterm elections, which will determine control of Congress. The president and senior White House officials have long believed the issue is key to turning out his base of supporters.
The additional troops would provide logistical and other support to the Border Patrol, said the U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a plan that had not been finalized and formally announced.
It’s not unusual for the National Guard to help with border security. Active duty troops, however, are rarely deployed within the United States except for domestic emergencies like hurricanes or floods. Fears of militarizing the border were fanned by a May 1997 incident in which a Marine on a counter-narcotics mission shot to death an 18-year-old who was herding goats in Redford, Texas.
Troops being sent at Trump’s direction would not be on armed security missions. They would assist the Border Patrol by providing things such as vehicles, tents and equipment. There already are about 2,000 National Guard members there under a previous Pentagon arrangement.
In defense of our great President, there may be more at play here than meets the eye.
If Trump were to send active duty, armed troops to the border into a combat situation, that may be deemed an act of war that would require Congress' approval.
And we all know that won't work right now.
The flip side argument, and the one I personally think is the better argument, is that this is an invasion force on it's way to breach our border, and our President as Commander In Chief has full authority to use whatever force is necessary to stop it.
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