As tensions rise over the impending arrival of Central American migrant caravans at the southern border, President Donald Trump has taken a firm stance on what they can expect if they make it to the U.S.
Preparing for confrontation
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump promised that any migrants observed throwing stones at members of the military or other officials at the U.S. border will be promptly arrested.
Trump’s statement represents something of a clarification of remarks made earlier in the week which some pundits in the media interpreted to mean that rock or bottle throwers would be shot.
In reality, the president simply stated that military units sent to contend with the thousands of migrants expected at the border were to treat projectiles hurled at them by caravan members the same as if they were firearms, implying that they were then free to respond accordingly.
“They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” Trump asserted.
The president’s remarks concerning possible modes of response to violence at the border follow closely on the heels of news reports depicting violent clashes at Guatemala’s border with Mexico in which migrants pelted agents with glass bottles, fireworks as well as rocks.
Guatemalan officers did indeed sustain injuries during these attacks, while it remains unclear if any Mexican agents were harmed.
President Trump explained that because “there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock,” such projectiles can rightly be treated as though they were firearms.
Adding context to his stated position with regard to migrant rock throwers at the border, Trump said on Friday that no plan exists to shoot if such confrontations occur, but that anyone taking part in such violence should understand that “they’re going to be arrested for a long time.”
Trump made it clear that he held out great hope that violent interactions between migrants and American officials sent to the border could be avoided, particularly because many traveling with the caravans are women and young children.
Nevertheless, the administration remains unapologetic in its commitment to giving military units dispatched to dangerous parts of the globe the tools and freedom necessary to defend themselves from attack.
Caravans continue to advance
Precisely when things will come to a head with the migrant caravans making their way to the border remains to be seen.
Perhaps most distressing about the left’s apparent willingness to accede to the demands of unlimited numbers of Central American migrants is its decision to turn a blind eye to the extremely dangerous elements that have almost certainly infiltrated these groups, including members of the notorious MS-13 gang.
Instead, the left has chosen to vilify anyone seeking to safeguard our national security.
As such, it is incumbent upon the Trump administration to hold fast to its commitments when it comes to protecting not only the border itself, but also the fundamental sovereignty of the United States.