LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Op ED on Trump Administration sending Army to Southern Border
WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 29, 2018: The Trump administration
announced that it will be sending 5,200 active-duty military
troops to the United States’ southern border.
Shaw Drake, policy counsel for the American Civil
Liberties Union Border Rights Center in El Paso, Texas, had
the following reaction:
“President Trump has chosen just before midterm elections to
force the military into furthering his anti-immigrant agenda of
fear and division. But this harmful action is nothing more than
Trump’s latest aggression against immigrant families with
children who seek our protection. These migrants need water,
diapers, and basic necessities — not an army division.
“Sending active military forces to our southern border is not
only a huge waste of taxpayer money, but an unnecessary course
of action that will further terrorize and militarize our border
communities. Military personnel are legally prohibited from
engaging in immigration enforcement, and there is no emergency
or cost-benefit analysis to justify this sudden deployment.
“The reality is that many of the noncitizens arriving at our
borders are exercising their right in international and domestic
law to seek asylum from violence and persecution at home,
unauthorized migration is near historic lows, and border
communities have among the lowest crime rates in the country.
Members of Congress and voters must reject Trump’s attempt to
stoke anti-Latinx fears,
and reaffirm that like many of our families, these
immigrants join the long American tradition of coming here in
search of a better life. They should
be welcomed with humanitarian assistance and must be given full
and prompt due process, not condemned using absurd war