According to U.S. media reports, Trump told reporters Wednesday that in order to prevent caravans from entering the United States, the U.S. military has been dispatched. We have deployed 5,000 to 8,000 people, and we will increase our troops to 10,000 to 15,000 people. According to ABC, 15,000 troops are about equal to the number of U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, three times the number of U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. Later on October 31, the Northern Command announced that an estimated 7,000 active soldiers would now be involved in the operation to support customs and border protection.
In a mid-term election campaign in Florida that day, Trump continued to bombard the caravan with a lot of vulgar people, they are not angels. Trump also wrote on Twitter: Our troops are gathering on the southern border and will deploy more troops. We will not let these convoys enter the United States. There are some very bad thugs and gang members in the fleet. Our borders are sacred and can only be entered legally. Turn around!Agence France-Presse said Trump was warning loud supporters almost every day that the core message was that the United States was being attacked byinvasionby illegal immigrants and that Democrats would open their borders. The Department of Homeland Security says this is an unprecedented crisis.
Is crisis really so serious? According to USA Today, Trump said the caravan threat was so great, but military experts and Democratic lawmakers called it a political gimmick more to mobilize the Republican base before the mid-term elections than to stop the caravan. The number of refugees in the caravan fleet has gradually decreased from 10,000 at its peak to 3,500, and is 900 miles (1,448 kilometers) from the nearest U.S. border. At present, the United States border patrol Department has deployed 16 thousand and 500 people stationed at the border, and the National Guard has more than 2000 people.
There are not enough people in Central America to create a state of emergency in border countries. According to the Huffin Post, there is no state of emergency as Trump calls it. There are 400 thousand immigrants from the US border patrol this year. By contrast, the figure for 2000 was 1.6 million, compared with about half of the Border Patrol team now. At present, the scale of migration in Central America is much smaller than in the past, and it may not last long. There are not so many people in Central America at all.
Tens of thousands of troops, although they sound powerful, are usually sent to the border as miscellaneous because of domestic legal restrictions. Under a 19th-century Local Security Act, U.S. presidents are usually prohibited from using active forces at home. Over the years, Congress has set some exceptions, such as sending troops to suppress armed rebellion. According to the Washington Post, Trump dispatched a national guard to the border last spring. As a result, the army was feeding horses, shoveling manure and repairing tires at the border. This time, Trump took unprecedented measures to deploy active troops and use military helicopters. However, given that the Local Security Act usually prohibits direct military involvement in law enforcement, the U.S. military will actually play a supporting role there for customs and border protection. In other words, they will be limited to doing what the national guard is doing.
Historically, the United States has long interfered in the internal affairs of Central America, funded the civil war, and even sent troops directly twice. It is also responsible for the refugee problem in Central American countries. Democratic Congressman Adam Smith said deploying troops was pointless because most of the caravan fleet simply tried to exercise their legitimate rights to seek asylum at U.S. ports of entry. There is no reason to further politicize and militarize the humanitarian crisis. Mississippi congressman Thompson is the Democratic leader of the homeland security committee. He said the deployment was a campaign to incite hatred and fear in the week before the election. Retired Army Admiral Stanley McChrystal regretted using the army for political purposes, saying it was inconsistent with American values. U.S. Defense Secretary Matisse echoed Trumps remarks that it was necessary to send troops, saying that our department does not make gimmicks.
This is a fear for clear political purposes, for the mid-term elections. ABC quoted experts as saying that the emergence of the caravan fleet coincided with the mid-term elections and was the perfect time for Republicans. Hans Noel, an associate professor at Georgetown University, said: It is clear that Republicans and their circles believe that the way to motivate voters and win elections is to talk about immigration and take a tough attitude towards it. The Washington Post says sending troops is to frighten rather than protect Americans. German Wise Messenger said on the 1st that the refugee problem is true, but the threat about them has been turned into a fictional story, while the Republican Party is turning the army into a campaign force. [Global Times correspondent Li Yongqing-mu Wei Hui in the United States and Germany] Source of this article: Global Times-Global Network. More brilliant, please log on to World Wide Web http://www.huanqiu.com responsible editor: Yao Wenguang _NN1682
This is a fear for clear political purposes, for the mid-term elections. ABC quoted experts as saying that the emergence of the caravan fleet coincided with the mid-term elections and was the perfect time for Republicans. Hans Noel, an associate professor at Georgetown University, said: It is clear that Republicans and their circles believe that the way to motivate voters and win elections is to talk about immigration and take a tough attitude towards it.
The Washington Post says sending troops is to frighten rather than protect Americans. German Wise Messenger said on the 1st that the refugee problem is true, but the threat about them has been turned into a fictional story, while the Republican Party is turning the army into a campaign force.
[global times in the United States, Germany special correspondent Li Yong Aoki Wei Hui