Monday, November 5, 2018

U.S. militia groups plan to form their own caravan at the border

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More than 100 volunteers from U.S. civilian militia groups are en route to the southern border in an effort to enforce the country’s immigration laws, as thousands of Central American migrants make their way through Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S., reports the Washington Post.

The big picture: The volunteers and so-called "border vigilantes" were motivated by President Trump’s constant warnings that the migrant caravan posed a threat to the country’s national security. Trump has also claimed that "criminals and unknown Middle Easterners" are among those traveling. "My phone’s been ringing nonstop for the last seven days. You got other militias, and husbands and wives, people coming from Oregon, Indiana. We’ve even got two from Canada," Shannon McGauley, president of the Texas Minutemen, tells the Post.

The backdrop: The Trump administration last week deployed 5,200 U.S. troops to the border to stop the caravan. By the end of the year, it plans to send as many as 15,000, which could reportedly cost taxpayers about $200 million.
Newsweek, citing internal documents it has obtained, reported last week that U.S. military officials are worried about "unregulated militia members self-deploying to the border in alleged support" of immigration authorities.
Officials reportedly said that 200 militia members are currently operating along the southwest border and warned about reports of " incidents of unregulated militias stealing National Guard equipment during deployments."

Go deeper:

What the military can and cannot do at the border
Reality check: How the U.S. asylum process works
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the mighty wak said...

if the alleged migrant caravan actually does cross the border then we are supposed to blame the democrats, but it will be trump's fault because as POTUS, his main job is to protect U.S. borders.
i anticipate a zillion comments explaining why trump should be excused from the responsibility.

Anonymous said...

Things have changed -

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." - George the Younger, Republican POTUS

"I will tell you this — anybody throwing rocks...we will consider that a firearm. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. I told them to consider it a rifle." - The Donald, Republican POTUS

the mighty wak said...

"Things have changed"

meaning that trump should not be held responsible if the alleged migrant caravan actually crosses the border?
sounds like excuse #1.
what is a zillion minus 1?