At first, it was a group of less than 1,000 migrants who departed Honduras, heading north to the US border.
They claimed to be freeing the violence and poverty of their nation, but as they traveled north, the caravan continued to grow.
Before the caravan reached the Guatemalan and Mexican border, President Donald Trump threatened to cut off US aid and funding to every country who failed to stop the caravan.
By the time the caravan reached the Mexican border, they numbered 5,000.
Mexico half-heartedly made a cosmetic gesture to stop the caravan, but many still made their way into Mexico, vowing to reach the US.
On Monday, Trump announced that he was following through on his promise and that the US was beginning to reduce or cut off aid to several Central American countries.
The Hill – President Trump on Monday said that the U.S. will begin to cut off or reduce aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador as citizens of those countries flee for the U.S. as part of a so-called caravan of migrants.
In a trio of tweets, the president escalated his rhetoric surrounding the group of migrants, declaring a national emergency as they approach the border and claiming that “unknown Middle Easterners” had joined the group.
Trump, in the tweets, did not offer any evidence for the charge that people from the Middle East were among those crossing the border.
“Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them,” Trump wrote in a tweet…
It’s about time America had a president with the courage to defend our border from the invasions of thousands of illegal invaders.
One problem is that if Trump resorts to sending military troops the border, if he gets permission from Congress, they won’t be allowed to use armed force to hold off the migrant invasion.
Therefore, I contend that the Second Amendment and its author George Mason defined the militia as the American people and that we have the right to bear arms to protect our nation.
If Congress won’t give our military the authority to use force to stop the invasion, then it’s up to the American people to take arms and defend their country.
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