Will Militia Members and the US Military Murder Migrants at the Border?

It will still be weeks at best until the so-called “migrant caravan” — a movement of a few thousand refugees fleeing Central America in hopes of starting new lives in the U.S. — makes it to the border. But it’s already become clear that those seeking safety in the United States may sadly find their lives even more at risk than they ever were in their former homes.

President Donald Trump — intent on turning a flood of refugees into a menacing “invasion” of terrorists, criminals and drug lords seeking to wreak havoc on U.S. citizens — announced his intention to send about 800 military troops to the border in an attempt to stop the asylum seekers from entering the country.

Now he has upgraded those troop numbers, apparently preparing to turn the Mexico border into a militarized zone.

USA Today reports:

The Pentagon will deploy up to 5,000 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to prevent members of a migrant caravan from illegally entering the country, a U.S. official said Monday. Administration officials said last week that they were considering a plan to send up to 1,000 active duty troops to the border, but that deployment has increased to 5,000, according to the Department of Homeland Security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the plans before a formal announcement Monday afternoon.

There are reportedly 2,000 National Guard members already at the border assisting Border Patrol.

According to the Trump administration, the troops will not be there to take official action, only to act as backup if necessary if border patrol gets overwhelmed. Even so, they’re keeping “every option on the table” — an ominous and looming threat of potential violence to anyone who tries to cross into the U.S. without papers.

“We are looking at every possible way, within the legal construct that we have, to make sure that those who do not have a legal right to enter this country are not coming,“ Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, according to Politico. “Everything is on the table.”

In case there was any doubt that violence was a potential outcome, Nielsen later told Fox News, “We do not have any intention right now to shoot at people, but they will be apprehended.”

But maybe it’s possible that our military forces will stay under control, and they won’t actually murder any immigrants. After all, their only “crime” is being born in a country ravaged by poverty and violence, and being forced to enter the U.S. in order to make a legal case for asylum. Remember: Entering a country to seek asylum is not a crime, and it does not require visas or other paperwork.

Well, unfortunately the military may not be the only armed Americans trying to stop the caravan. Yes, the militias are coming, too.

The AP reports:

The U.S. Border Patrol this week warned local landowners in Texas that it expects ‘possible armed civilians’ to come onto their property because of the caravan. Three activists told The Associated Press that they were going to the border or organizing others, and groups on Facebook have posted dire warnings about the caravan. One said it was ‘imperative that we have boots on the ground.’ Another wrote: “WAR! SECURE THE BORDER NOW!” The militia members said they plan to bring guns and equipment such as bulletproof vests and lend a hand to the Border Patrol to protect against people unlawfully entering the country. “They’re just laughing in our face,” said Shannon McGauley, president of the Texas Minutemen. “It’s a free-for-all in America.”

Militias have essentially become the violence-instigating wing of the white supremacist movement, and an onslaught of gun-carrying, wannabe-military, self-proclaimed border patrol racists “protecting” the U.S. is little more than a match about to be tossed into gasoline. Because they have no leaders, rules or accountability to U.S. criminal laws, this foray into “protecting the U.S.” is likely to get hundreds murdered in the streets — all under the guise of “nationalism.”

The migrants left their homes because their own country was too dangerous. How many of them will lose their lives trying to enter what they were told was a land of safety and opportunity? Even one death at the hands of our military — legitimate, volunteer or “self-anointed” — will be too many.

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Janis K
Janis K1 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Dr. Jan H
Dr. Jan Hill2 months ago

thanks

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Dave f
Past Member 2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Donald Greaves
Donald R Greaves2 months ago

Are Ye Outta Your Freakin Minds Fool? 11/21/2018

Does anyone out there in Bizzaro Opinion Universe take into consideration the mass overflow of current poverty class citizens in this country
which includes U.S. Citizens before adding the x-factor of tens of thousands of displaced foreign immigrants under the misconception that America is Paradise brought about by the misleading TV ads.

Let us remember that there are two classifications of Foreigners coming into this country, Illegal Aliens as they are identified as, and Asylum Seekers expecting Big Brother America to open the doors and provide for their Rights to a better life.
Unfortunately most don't have either Working Knowledge of the English Language or Employment Skills to be much more than an addition to the Slave Labor Class.


And let us not forget that once established they take away The Rights of U.S. Citizens by claiming their Rights are being violated because they have such a hard time getting this country to assimilate to their country of origin.


Whole Portions of Cities in this Country Large and Small are considered Banned because of Ethnic Violence against outsiders trespassing on their Turf.


Get Real Freaks!

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

The soldiers Trump is sending to the border for no good reason except meanness, a dictator complex and P.R. is causing them to miss being home with their families for the holidays. And the militias are dangerous and evil and likely the cause of many unnecessary deaths and chaos.

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Leo C
Leo C2 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

Can't Mueller get rid of Trump in the next few days instead of giving him time to do more damage on the border and elsewhere?

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Irene S
Irene S2 months ago

Following the comments is so ironic when one thinks back 250 years or so. Illegal economic immigrants in America? Never!

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Leo C
Leo C2 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Leo C
Leo C2 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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