WASHINGTON, 10/25/2018—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order Thursday sending 800 or more troops to reinforce the U.S. southern border in anticipation of the arrival of a migrant caravan, officials said Thursday. President Donald Trump has called the approaching caravan, estimated at 7,000 people strong, a national emergency. The group departed today from Mapastepec, Mexico, more than 1,000 miles from the U.S. border. Mexican officials said nearly 1,700 migrants have dropped out of the caravan to apply for asylum in Mexico, and a few hundred have accepted government offers to bus them back to their home countries. A second, smaller caravan of Hondurans is also headed for the Mexican border. Estimates place its size at between 1,000 and 2,000 travelers. The second caravan is currently in Guatemala, about 200 miles behind the first group. It began on March 25 in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemala border. The largest single group of migrants in this caravan is from Honduras, although there are also many Guatemalans and Salvadorans. There’s also bound to be a smattering, or more, of criminals, Islamic terrorists terrorists?, media fame hustlers, political agitators and other flotsam.
Violence in Central America continues to cause people to flee, despite falling homicide rates. Murders in Honduras and El Salvador fell by about 25 percent in 2017, but both are still among the most violent countries in the world. Street gangs known as “maras” are also ubiquitous and prey on small business owners and families through extortion. Many migrants this year said they joined the caravan because they felt there was safety in numbers while they traveled along the route from Mexico to the U.S. border. There is significant violence perpetrated by gangs who prey on migrants on the final leg north. I should add, there’s also a lot more to this spectacle than meets the eye. The timing is certainly interesting, coming as it does just before significant midterm elections in the United States. While the explanations given for the mass invasion attempt (whatever else it is, if it were successful in meeting it’s stated goal, it would be an invasion) sound plausible, and certainly apply to the real pawns migrants, who knows how much of this is really staged?
If the real migrants want to better their lives, I have a better, more long lasting, if more radical solution. I am not joking. If I were fleeing my home due to violence, I would welcome the opportunity to fight back. But fight back against whom? Most of the violence in the Central American countries and Mexico is due to drug cartels, and the corruption among the police departments and other authorities who are in the pay of the drug cartels. So how can a bunch of peasants who have no military training or weapons, take on the organized and powerful drug cartels? What if the United States were to say to the migrants, “you can’t come here, but if you want to fight for your homes and your future, we will equip you and train you.” Think of this as an updated Bay of Pigs counterattack. “That didn’t work out”, you say? My idea is very different.
These “re-patriots” would not be trying to overthrow a government, nor invading from the sea, like in Cuba. They would have the support of the populace, because that’s who they themselves are and what they want is the same as what everyone back home wants, except the drug cartels and corrupt police and politicians. They aren’t soldiers, but with the proper training and equipment, they would be formidable. An idea like this cannot be done halfway. If we are going to suggest and support it, so that these migrants can have a real impact on their own country and lives, we must be willing to give them every chance of success, even if it means deployment of American air power. The actual military tactics and logistics are beyond the scope of this blog, but isn’t the idea sound? After all, if you were offered the choice between leaving your homes and families to a corrupt Wolfpack, and wandering around trying to get into countries that don’t want you so you can constantly worry about being deported, vs. taking back what is rightfully yours and determining your own future, even at the risk of your life, what would you choose? Of course, I am putting this question to the real migrants, not the agitators, criminals and terrorists trying to infiltrate. If our Founding Fathers had not risen to the challenge of fighting for their homes and freedom, where would we be today?