WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump announced Wednesday plans to deploy the national guard to the border with Mexico in an attempt to stem the flow of illegal immigration which was highlighted by the recent high publicity caravan of “refugees” traveling toward the U.S. border. By Thursday, several states had expressed support.
“Governors of several states have voiced support for President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, paving the way for the White House to implement its latest anti-illegal immigration policy.
The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico — three states that border Mexico — backed the president’s move, which officials said could lead to troops on the ground as early as Wednesday night.
Arizona “welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted.”
Since each state’s National Guard answers to the governors of those governors, not the Commander-in-Chief, they must give permission for such deployments.
The president says he would like at least 100,000 national guard troops at the border, and it is unclear as yet if the agreeable states would be able or willing to furnish enough troops to meet that number.
So, if North Carolina is asked to contribute, what will Democrat Roy Cooper do? Seeing as how he fan of scoring partisan political points by pandering to the Left, his hypothetical decision is at best uncertain.
One North Carolina congressman, however, is in full support of the president’s plan.
Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) stated his support in a press release:
“I support the president’s decision to work with border state governors to deploy troops to the Mexican border and protect our country against the dangerous invasion of illegal immigrants,” said Congressman Jones. “I have long advocated such an action until stricter border control measures are in place. It makes no sense for our troops to be protecting the borders of foreign countries like Afghanistan while our own borders remain unsecure.”
The deployment of American troops to the southern border is not without precedent. In fact, Congressman Jones’ grandfather was deployed to the southern border before his service in World War I in the U.S. Army. More recently, both Presidents Bush and Obama deployed troops to aid in protecting the United States’ southern border.
Still, the Left is having a cow about it, of course. Even the Leftist media in the Old North State have stayed true to themselves by subtly denigrating the plan and the president.
Despite their equivocations, it is clear that our porous southern border is a magnet for illegal immigration and congress has refused to allocate funds and hold votes to actually construct a border wall.
As the name implies, then, the National Guard will be on guard to protect the nation from an influx of unknown people that are intent upon sneaking in the backdoor.