Immigration

Operation Political Stunt Renewed For a Second Season

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Some service members deployed to our southern border as part of Trump's political stunt have begun to return home as the operation was set to end on December 15th, but NPR reports that Trump is going to extend the mission through at least Christmas and the new year.

Moreover, those who've been sent home will be replaced.

President Trump is expected to extend the deployment of thousands of U.S. troops to the U.S.-Mexico border into January rather than withdrawing the personnel in the middle of December, Pentagon officials tell NPR. [...]

The deployment orders for active-duty troops had been scheduled to end on Dec. 15. But defense officials tell NPR that the much of the active-duty troop deployment is expected to be extended into January and that part of the force may also be switched out for new troops.

The facts on the ground haven't changed from a week ago. These service members are still going to sit on their ass and do nothing for the next few weeks and months because there's nothing for them to do.

The widely covered incident involving the use of tear gas on the border didn't take place anywhere near (Tijuana) where active-duty service members have been deployed (Texas and Arizona).

Migrant caravans hoping to be granted political asylum in the United States are traveling to the legal point of entry outside Tijuana because that's what you're suppose to do. That's even what the Trump regime has said you're suppose to do even though they've made the process as difficult as possible.

It's entirely likely that service members who spend their Christmas in a camp on the border of Texas will never see a single immigrant approach their location.

I mean, they weren't headed in that direction anyway, but everyone knows where the camps are so it's ultimately kind of pointless, isn't it? It's not much a deterrent if you can go around it. The border is nearly 2,000 miles long.

  • muselet

    Some of the active-duty military personnel are being sent to the border without weapons, as Steve Walsh of member station KPBS reported last week, during a visit to Marines and military police along a fence at the line between the U.S. and Mexico. Armed members of the force guard the Marines as they work, Walsh reported.

    Since servicemembers cannot take on domestic law-enforcement duties, and some of them aren’t even armed, this operation has long since passed from stunt into the realm of particularly unfunny farce.

    I just hope some gun-totin’ goon from one of the self-described militias currently wasting fuel along the border doesn’t shoot either a migrant or a servicemember. The situation is bad enough without that.

    –alopecia

    • I hope these folk see what the asshole in chief did to their holidays for a moronic political stunt and realize that he doesn’t actually support the troops but uses them for his own entertainment.