Invaders Storm the Border—Driven Back by Force

Illegal alien invaders attempting to storm the southern border were rebuked with tear gas, as Trump’s border strategy was put to the test.

Invaders Storm the Border—Driven Back by Force

Of a group of several thousand illegal alien invaders camped out near the US-Mexico border, about 500 attempted to storm the border on Sunday, with many throwing projectiles at law enforcement. Despite warnings from President Trump, they apparently believed they would not be met with resistance, and would able to freely invade the US, or apply for asylum if they were caught. A ninth circuit judge from San Francisco had previously ruled that invaders could apply for asylum even if they crossed illegally.

Instead, the invaders were met with tear gas, fired by the American Border Patrol. Of the invading force, 42 have been arrested and charged, according to US officials, while 98 were deported by Mexican authorities, according to Mexican officials. The rest fled back into Mexico.

These events vindicated two aspects of the Trump administration’s border strategy. First, the reinforcement of the border with extra security and more leeway in terms of use of force allowed them to repel the invaders. With less agents and a less aggressive posture, the rush would likely have been successful to some degree. Secondly, Trump’s pressure on Mexico paid off. He has threatened multiple times to close down the southern border completely—to commerce as well as migration—if Mexico doesn’t do its part to thwart the invaders. Due to its economic dependence on America, Mexico has responded by agreeing to hold the invaders in Mexico while they go through the asylum process, and by deporting law-breakers back to their home country. Because of the restrictions put on the Trump administration by the kritarchy, the assistance from Mexico is extremely helpful.

As for the unconstitutional ruling on restricting asylum claims from those who cross illegally, the administration can likely work around it. The 42 arrested invaders can now technically apply for asylum due to the ruling. However, a felony conviction for crossing the border illegally and using force against US law enforcement would made them prime candidates for being denied asylum.

It remains to be seen how this will play out in the end. For now, the border seems to be well-protected from attempts such as this one. Those who are trying to go through the legal asylum process are being slow-walked. Reportedly, many are already thinking of heading back now that they realize it won’t be a free ride into the United States. Instead, they will be forced to wait in camps in Mexico for an undetermined period of time.

Jay Lorenz

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