By Jon Dougherty
There is a saying that goes, “Drastic times call for drastic measures.” Times are drastic along the U.S.-Mexico border, and dealing with the situation will call for drastic measures.
Earlier this week, POTUS Donald Trump repeated a threat to close the border with Mexico due to the unprecedented numbers of illegal aliens being encountered by U.S. border authorities.
In a series of tweets, POTUS said Mexico was â€œall talk and no actionâ€ in its efforts to stop a flow of migrants into the U.S. while Democrats â€œdonâ€™t care.â€
â€œLikewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing,â€ he added. â€œThe Dems donâ€™t care, such BAD laws. May close the Southern Border!”
Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country. They are all talk and no action. Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing. The Dems don’t care, such BAD laws. May close the Southern Border!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
For weeks Democrats and RINOs have fought the president over his most recent ‘drastic’ measure — declaring a national emergency on the border. He’s won that fight, as we knew he would, given that the law is clear regarding such presidential declarations.
But now what? Where do we go from here? While Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats continue to insist ‘there’s nothing to see here’ regarding a border crisis, a former Obama Cabinet official disagrees. And he should know.
Jeh Johnson, who served as Obama’s Homeland Security secretary, toldÂ MSNBCÂ on Friday that the U.S. is “truly in a crisis”Â at the U.S.-Mexico border, and that current capabilities to deal the crush of humanity are wholly inadequate.
“A little bit of context here. When I was in office in [current DHS Secretary] Kirstjen Nielsenâ€™s job, at her desk, Iâ€™d get to work around 6:30 in the morning, and there would be my intelligence book sitting on my desk, the PDB, and also the apprehension numbers from the day before,â€ Johnson said.
â€œMy staff would tell you if it was under 1,000 apprehension the day before, that was a relatively good number, and if it was above 1,000, it was a relatively bad number, and I was going to be in a bad mood the whole day,” he said, adding: “On Tuesday there were 4,000 apprehensions.”
â€œI know that a thousand overwhelms the system. I canâ€™t imagine what 4,000 a day looks like,â€ Johnson continued. â€œSo, we are truly in a crisis.â€
He’s not the only former Obama official who agrees that what’s going on along our southwestern border is an emergency.
Mark Morgan, 44’s Border Patrol chief,Â praisedÂ POTUS Trump’s push for a border wall during an interview with the Law & Crime Network, saying, â€œThe wall works.â€
Dems running for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination are running around the country lying about what’s taking place every single day along the border. Sen. Cory “Spartacus” Booker, who’s from New Jersey, claimed recently, â€œIf thereâ€™s any emergency at the border, itâ€™s the one he created, the crisis he created,â€ according to anÂ interview with Fox News.
Meanwhile, former Texas congressman and 2020 hopeful Beto Oâ€™RourkeÂ toldÂ NBC News he would tear the existing border wall down if he could because it has not â€œin any demonstrable way made us safer.â€
And California Sen. Kamala Harris has previously called Trumpâ€™s emergency declaration of a border crisis a â€œTV stunt,â€ according to theÂ Washington Examiner.
Well, the stunt is real — and about to get even more real. According toÂ The Associated Press, a monster migrant caravan may now be forming.
â€œWe have information that a new caravan is forming in Honduras, that theyâ€™re calling â€˜the mother of all caravans,â€™ and they are thinking it could have more than 20,000 people,â€ Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero said Wednesday.
Some have questioned the size of the caravan based on social media activity, but clearly, Central Americans believe the gates are open at the U.S. border, based on previous caravans. As for who is encouraging (and profiting) from them, that would be Mexico-based cartels.
There are desperate times at the U.S.-Mexico border. Desperate measures are needed to deal with it.
That very well may include shutting down the border, as the president has threatened. We’re not sure exactly how he’ll accomplish that, but we’re a big, strong, rich country with lots of patriots who would be willing to volunteer, no doubt.
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