Turns out leaving your southern border largely unprotected is a national security threat. I know, I’m shocked too. If only someone had been saying this for many, many, many years. But then that person would almost surely be a racist.
Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, has asked Congress this year for more money, drones and ships for his mission – a request unlikely to be met. Since October, an influx of nearly 100,000 migrants has made the dangerous journey north from Latin America to the United States border. Most 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,” 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.
Talk of Hezbollah exploiting weak border security has been around for years. Those who brought it up previously were alarmists. Those who warned of the open southern border being a national security threat were labeled nativists and compared to the Soviets building the Berlin Wall. And Democrats were hardly the sole offenders.
Now the massive problem is staring us in the face. Now top leaders and even pro-amnesty Democrats are recognizing we have a serious issue. And now the United States government will act out of panic because we waited so long to deal with an entirely predictable crisis. Hat tip to Hot Air for the story.