POTUS Donald Trump gave a televised address to the nation from the Oval Office Tuesday evening to discuss the worsening â€œhumanitarian crisisâ€ along our southwestern border caused by a crush of migrants from Central America and Mexico.
During his speech, the president also criticized congressional Democrats for refusing to acknowledge the existence of a crisis, and for refusing to fund his spending request for a paltry $5 plus billion for the construction of physical barriers which he and Border Patrol officials acknowledge are vital to not only help diffuse the crisis, but to protect the country from illicit drug smuggling and potential terrorist infiltration,Â The National SentinelÂ reported.
â€œDemocrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis. And they have refused to provide our brave border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our nation,â€ POTUS said, adding that â€œthe federal government remains shut down for one reason, and one reason only: Because Democrats will not fund border security.â€
But in appealing to Democratic leaders, the president may as well have been talking to a wall. After his short speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rebuffed the president during their nationally televised rebuttal.
Should the president continue to try to deal with Democrats? Or should he act unilaterally to protect the country? The Patriot group Oath Keepers believes POTUS should choose the latter option.
â€œPlease contact the White House immediately by phone, email, or both, and urge President Trump to declare a national emergency and deploy the full weight of the U.S. military to secure the entire 2,000 mile border with Mexico, with military boots on the ground,â€ the group saidÂ in a statement on its website.
Also, Oath Keepers is urging the commander-in-chief to order the â€œU.S. military (the Army Corps of Engineers and military combat engineer units) to build the necessary layered system of wall/steel fencing, patrol roads, and surveillance systems â€“ all backed up by ongoing military, National Guard, and militia â€¦ that are needed to finally and fully secure the entire 2,000 mile border with Mexico.â€
The statement made several observations about conditions along the border that warrants a military response:
â€” In addition to a humanitarian crisis, there is a â€œmilitary invasion by international terrorists, an insurrection against the laws of the union,â€ and â€œMexican drug cartelsâ€ waging â€œunconventional warfareâ€ in order to smuggle illicit drugs into the country.
â€” â€œâ€¦[B]rutal drug cartels, their violent street gang allies, and the violent aliens they bring in,â€ are killing Americans in greater numbers, with â€œNewman, CA., police Cpl. Ronil Singh being the most recent victim.â€
â€” The cartels are â€œtaking over U.S. territoryÂ just as they have taken over Northern Mexico.â€
â€” The â€œhumanitarian crisis goes hand-in-hand with the terrorism, unconventional warfare, and invasion of our nationâ€ across our international boundary with our southern neighbor.
â€” Tens of thousands of Americans are dying each year â€œbecause of the illegal drug trade that the Mexican drug cartels run and supply.â€ Further, many more Americans are killed by illegal alien drivers who are drunk or otherwise impaired.
Oath Keepers advised the president to order the active duty military and federalized National Guard soldiers â€œto deploy, in force, to the southern borderâ€¦to forcibly secure the entire lengthâ€ of it. And the group encouraged the president to do something that no president has done in more than a century: Call up organized state-level militias â€œto also serveâ€ with other forces.
Finally, the group said, POTUS should declare â€œthat the open borders fanatics on the political Leftâ€¦are open allies of the invading cartels, street gangs, and violent illegal aliens,â€ while simultaneously declaring all â€œsanctuaryâ€ policies and laws null and void.Â — J. D. Heyes
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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