When the current caravan of migrants left Honduras a couple of weeks ago, it consisted largely of families with women and children. It numbered less a thousand people. They claimed they were fleeing the poverty and violence, some of which was gang related. They said they intended to seek asylum in Mexico or the United States.
By the time the caravan reached Honduras and Guatemala, it had grown to at least 1,500. As they traveled through Guatemala, heading north to the Mexican border, the caravan continued to grow. President Trump issued a warning to the leaders of Honduras and Guatemala to stop the caravan or face seeing the funding and aid from the United States reduced or cut altogether.
By the time the caravan reached the Guatemala and Mexico border, its size was estimated to be around 5,000. By that time, President Donald Trump said that he would send US military troops, not National guard, but regular military, to the border to prevent the migrants from entering the United States. The problem with that is, Trump will need Congress to approve the use of military troops and even if that happens, current federal law forbids military from using arms here in the United States, so what good would they really be, if Congress doesn’t give them permission to be armed.
Trump also announced that he and Mexican officials had worked out a deal where Mexico, with the help of the United Nations, would vet the migrants and those who they believed truly needed asylum, the United Nations would make the decision of what country each approved migrant would be sent to.
I said it then and now, that this is a very bad deal. The United Nations wants to have sovereignty over the United States and this is one way for them to get some sovereignty over the US, especially considering how much the UN hates the US.
Even though Mexico appeared to try to stop the caravan at their southern border, many members of the caravan managed to pass on. The caravan has now swollen to 7,000 or more, from what I heard on the national news. It’s obvious that even though Mexico told Trump they would stop the caravan, they have done little to nothing to live up that promise.
Trump has received criticism when he said the caravan contains gang members and terrorists. Critics claim the caravan is made up of families, but is that true?
According to one source:
“Fox News reported Monday that the migrant caravan headed to the United Stated from Guatemala and Honduras is composed of ‘about 80 percent’ men ‘under the age of 35’.”
Clearly, the caravan is NOT families made up of women and children, indicating that there could be some evidence that Trump could be right about some of those in the caravan.
I contend that the Second Amendment gives American citizens the right to pick up arms and defend our border.
The Second Amendment states:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
There has long been argument of who the militia is, but George Mason, considered the Father of the Bill of Rights, stated:
“Mr. Chairman, a worthy member has asked who are the militia, if they be not the people of this country, and if we are not to be protected from the fate of the Germans, Prussians, etc., by our representation? I ask, Who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.” [Jonathan Elliot, The Debates in the Several State Conventions, on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, as Recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia, in 1787, Congress, Washington, 1836, Vol. III, pp 425-6.]
Given that when Mason penned the Second Amendment, he clearly defined the militia as the people of the country and that they have the right to armed to secure a free state (referring to the nation).
This caravan is a foreign invasion that does pose a threat to the security and economy of our nation and therefore, the American people should have the legal right to take their weapons and protect the border, especially if our government won’t defend our border.
The time has come for the American people to start taking matters into their own hands!
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