Skip to comments.Mattis Shoots Down Reporter On Troop Deployment To The Border: This Isn't A Stunt
Posted on 11/01/2018 1:12:33 PM PDT by Kaslin
We have an illegal alien horde approaching our southern border. No, we have multiple hordes approaching the border. With local police in Mexico unable to stop them, the closest caravan is 1,000 miles away from the border. The Trump administration has decided to deploy thousands of troops in hopes of preventing scores of illegal aliens from flooding into the country. It’s been slammed as a 2018 election ploy. For Secretary of Defense James Mattis, this isn’t a stunt. Yesterday, he shot down a reporter who made that insinuation during a presser with South Korea’s defense minister (via Fox News):Watch the latest video at foxnews.com
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis emphatically denied a reporter's suggestion Wednesday that the deployment of thousands of active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border is part of a political stunt ahead of next week's midterm elections.
"We don't do stunts in this department. Thank you," Mattis told a reporter who posed the question after a Pentagon meeting with Mattis' South Korean counterpart. The defense secretary added the deployment was to provide "practical support" to the Department of Homeland Security and was based on a request from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The deployment is in response to the approach of a caravan containing an estimated 4,000 Central American migrants. The Pentagon said late Wednesday that it had identified 7,000 who will be participating in the mission at the border. Approximately 2,000 National Guard members previously have been dispatched to the frontier over the past six months.
The White House repeatedly has warned members of the caravan that they will not be allowed into the United States. In an interview with Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" Monday night, President Trump vowed that the migrants "are not coming in" and said the administration would build "tent cities" to house asylum-seekers.
"We're going to have tents, they're going to be very nice and they're going to wait and if they don't get asylum, they get out," the president said.
Now, politics is politics. There’s no doubt that while Mr. Mattis doesn’t think this is a stunt, it’s undoubtedly going to reassure disillusioned Republicans that we finally have an administration who will enforce our immigration laws. At the same time, this is a serious national security concern, so Mattis probably views it as such—as he should. Regardless of whatever rests on the periphery of this action, this is one of the reasons why Trump won the GOP nomination and the 2016 election. He was going to get tough on illegal immigration.
I hope a few people on FR hear this too. *HINT*
Yes, politics are politics.
And laws are laws.
Just because they’re may be a political upside doesn’t man you shouldn’t enforce existing laws.
If the military is effective in stopping this invasion the Central Americans will have a big problem. They will be interfering with the flow of drugs. The Cartels will not tolerate this.
As Mattis said recently - to our adversaries, you want to be working with our State Department because you sure don’t want to be working with me.
This guy Vespa has to go and get my hopes up...and then the big let-down when we find out that there wasn’t actually any reporter shot down - like with a Phalanx CIWS or a missile - but a mere verbal retort.
Geez, Louise, it just ain’t right to do that!
No Posse Cometatis concerns, either. Soldiers defend the border. Period.
It’s the constitutional requirement of the militia, to repel invasion.
Damn straight. No more clear obligation.
A conversation in the Anbar province between the sheiks and general Mattis (circa 2004).
“I come in peace. I did not bring artillery....”
Doesn’t matter if they repeat the special words.
Mexico offered them asylum; they refused. Law is “refugees” must accept the first country that offers it that they set foot in.
No asylum for any of them.
Then they all get stuck in a tent, hopefully forced to wear pink pajamas and underwear, fed bologna sandwiches and overseen by Sheriff Arpaijo.........
I love that.
Iran is in Trump’s crosshairs. The oil sanctions kick in on 5 Nov. Iran has declared this an act of War. They said they will retaliate, therefore, sealing the border against potential terrorists in advance of active operations against Iran is a good idea. The Dems would be screaming bloody murder if this was only about S. Americans. It is National Security, just not what we are led to think!
The cartels are probably investing heavily in Democratic Party politics
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