It is laughable to suggest that Mexico should be the one to stop the caravans of migrant gatecrashers headed to the U.S. when we seem powerless to stop them ourselves. Get serious! Mexico can’t seem to fix the potholes on the sidewalks of its major cities. Why should we expect this country to defend us?

It would be nice, but it is a pipe dream, nothing more.

Cooperation is another story. We should expect – no, insist – that Mexico cooperate with us as we attempt to corral these people and send them back to their countries of origin. The same cooperation should come from the other Central American countries that receive American largess. However, we should not expect any of these countries to do something we aren’t willing to do for ourselves. They simply do not have the manpower or resources we do.

It would be laughable, if it were not so serious, to say that the United States can’t send the military and/or National Guard to defend this country against invasions, even those that put defenseless women and children on the front lines.

We elected Trump, a man with considerable rough edges, to do what politicians have refused to do for decades – cut through all the phony-baloney rhetoric that has put our country on a downward spiral for far too long. When it comes to trade, regulations, taxes and environmental agreements that have tied our hands and let other countries steal our industry, jobs and intellectual property, he has done that.

Now it is time for Trump to put up or shut up when it comes to defending our borders against invasion, be it economic or military. Trump has said he will use the military if necessary. Well, it’s necessary! Order all available military to the border and call up additional National Guard troops – but most important, allow them to actually do this job!

Begin staging for this mission immediately on-site. Our troops need to be equipped for crowd and riot control. We don’t want them shooting unarmed migrants. They must be trained with alternate methods. Don’t wait until the caravans get here. It will be too late.

Give the women and children these gatecrashers put on the front lines the opportunity to go into prepared protected areas where they will receive compassionate care – not comfortable care – where they will be safe until they can be transported to their home countries.

Oh, yes, they all demand political asylum because that is what they have been trained to say. That is their get-out-of-jail-free card and a ticket to jump the line of immigrants who have been waiting to enter this country legally. Therefore, I would have judges waiting to hear these cases, en masse, in the holding areas. Any migrant who has crossed another country to get here is automatically disqualified. If they say they were persecuted in Honduras, for example, they can’t say they were persecuted in all the other countries they crossed to get here. This should take a couple of hours at most.

Then, all can be separated for transport back to their countries of origin. These countries must allow our planes to land so their citizens can be repatriated. If not, funds should be cut off immediately and the money used to care for them until such time as the offending government relents. We can preposition U.S. personnel at these airports where those wishing to come here can file petitions, legally, before heading back to their individual homes.

Let us not pretend that the Posse Comitatus Act prohibits U.S. troops from defending our borders. That is ridiculous! It simply prohibits the military from enforcing laws within the U.S. among its citizens and legal residents, except under certain narrow circumstances.

Immigrations groups will sue and a liberal judge may order a stay. If so, set up camp in Mexico for this expressed purpose. Mexico has everything to gain and nothing to lose. It’s a lot easier and quicker than calling in the United Nations.

Lastly, some military leaders may resign. Good riddance. Promote those who will do the job.

This may seem harsh to some. What do they call our do-nothing policy which encourages individuals and families to make this painful, dangerous journey in the first place?

Posse Comitatus has been used by our political leaders as a pretense for doing nothing for far too long. The military also can be used to build a wall to make border enforcement easier. Use the defense budget if Congress won’t appropriate funds specifically for that purpose. Let’s get on with it!

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