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It’s Not A “Humanitarian Crisis,” It’s An “Existential Threat”

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President Obama, and his fellow travelers in the establishment media, have been doing their best to spin what’s happening on our southern border as a “humanitarian crisis.” 

All too many Republicans on Capitol Hill are apparently being suckered by the spin – or are for open borders themselves and are all too happy to not waste a good crisis to get done what they wanted to do all along – pass an open borders and amnesty bill. 

But before Capitol Hill Republicans join the sob brigade about all of the poor “children” who have crossed the border illegally, many of whom appear to be at least old enough to join the feared Salvadoran MS-13 gang, they ought to read what Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, had to say about the invasion of our southern border.

Molly O'Toole is the politics reporter for Defense One, reports that since October, an influx of nearly 100,000 migrants has made the journey north from Latin America to the United States border. Most, claims O’Toole, are children, and three-quarters of the unaccompanied minors have traveled “thousands of miles from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.”

“In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in the hemisphere with the associated drug and [undocumented immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance,” General Kelly told Defense One. “Many argue these threats are not existential and do not challenge our national security. I disagree.”

In spring hearings before the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, Kelly said that budgets cuts are “severely degrading” the military’s ability to defend southern approaches to the U.S border. Last year, he said, his task force was unable to act on nearly 75 percent of illicit trafficking events. “I simply sit and watch it go by,” he said. But the potential threats are even greater. Kelly warned that neglect has created vulnerabilities that can be exploited by terrorist groups, describing a “crime-terror convergence” already seen in Lebanese Hezbollah’s involvement in the region.

“All this corruption and violence is directly or indirectly due to the insatiable U.S. demand for drugs, particularly cocaine, heroin and now methamphetamines,” Kelly told Defense One, “all of which are produced in Latin America and smuggled into the U.S. along an incredibly efficient network along which anything – hundreds of tons of drugs, people, terrorists, potentially weapons of mass destruction or children – can travel, so long as they can pay the fare.”

Now here’s where Kelly’s assessment and what’s going on in Latin America merge into a virtual declaration of war on our southern border.

Dave Gibson of reports that on Monday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a joint press conference in Playas de Catazaja, Mexico, to officially announce an agreement to make it easier for those making the illegal journey to the United States from Central America, to cross into Mexico.

According to Gibson, officially, the program will grant the cards to only illegal aliens from Guatemala and Belize, allowing them to remain in Mexico's southern states for 72 hours (more than enough time to reach the U.S./Mexican border by train). While, those two countries share a border with Mexico, the program will undoubtedly benefit anyone who makes it to the border, which would explain why our Border Patrol stations are currently overflowing with illegal aliens from El Salvador and Honduras as well.

The new Mexican – Guatemalan program will also give special protection and even financial assistance to unaccompanied minors now pouring across our border. Of course, these efforts, chiefly by the Mexican government, will only increase the number of illegal aliens coming to this country by the thousands, now on a daily basis.

In Gibson’s view, the official announcement by the Presidents of Mexico and Guatemala only confirms what many of us have known all along...the current chaos on the border which the Obama administration has sympathetically (and dishonestly) characterized as a "humanitarian crisis," only exists due to collusion between the governments of Mexico, Guatemala and likely the United States.

It’s time Republicans on Capitol Hill realized that what’s happening on our southern border isn’t a “humanitarian crisis.” It is a well thought out and well-orchestrated existential threat to American sovereignty.

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