In recent months, the situation at the border has gone from bad to worse. We all know about that 1000+ member caravan that so brashly tried to enter the United States. On top of that, there has been a 200% increase in the number of illegal detained over March of last year.
It’s clear that illegals are getting bolder. Meanwhile, liberal leaders are looking the other way. California lawmakers have warned illegals of ICE raids. Democrats are doing everything in their power to aid and protect criminal aliens. It has led to illegal immigrants returning to the attitude that the border is a revolving door.
These times call for stronger action. President Trump vowed to make this country safe for all Americans. But when liberals betray the country—and illegals stomp all over the border—what can you do?
Get tougher. It seems like Trump is moving to take serious steps to teach illegals they cannot just waltz into the country.
President Trump issued a memorandum…directing his administration to move quickly to bring an end to “catch and release,” the practice by which immigrants presenting themselves at the border without authorization are released from detention while waiting for their cases to be processed.
The directive does not, on its own, toughen immigration policy or take concrete steps to do so; it merely directs officials to report to the president about steps they are taking to “expeditiously end ‘catch and release’ practices.” But it is a symbolic move by Mr. Trump to use his executive action to solve a problem that he has bitterly complained Congress will not…
As part of the memo, Trump asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to produce a list of military facilities that could be used to detain illegal immigrants.
“Catch and release” was instituted by Obama. It was clearly designed to give illegal immigrants a chance to escape. Why else would the government force border patrol to release an illegal into the U.S. instead of detain them?
President Trump has vowed to end this program since his campaign. Yet the policy is still in place, thanks to an uncooperative Congress.
But if “catch and release” is eliminated, border patrol—along with their new allies in the Pentagon—will have to detain these illegals. That’s why the President is looking into using military facilities to house captured illegals.
As Red State noted, this isn’t the first time the government’s used military bases to house immigrants. But it might turn into a long-term policy, should illegal immigration increase. Given the lax attitude liberals have shown the issue, that might be unavoidable.
Only when the border is completely secure, will illegal immigration cease to be a major problem. But that won’t happen until the wall goes up.