July 22, 2019
What is happening at the border is not a “crisis”; it is an “INVASION” and there is one, guaranteed way to stop it!
Article IV, Section Four of the Constitution states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of government and SHALL PROTECT EACH OF THEM AGAINST INVASION” (my emphasis). This is a mandate. It is not optional.
Webster’s gives two definitions of “invade,” including “to crowd into as if taking possession; to encroach on; to intrude upon.” Clearly, BY DEFINITION, we are being invaded. Even President Trump has called it an invasion and has declared a State of National Emergency pursuant thereto. All that is left is for President Trump to activate Article IV, Section Four.
Use of Article IV, Section Four would allow the President to go around Congress and the courts and send troops to the border with orders to “repel” invaders back into Mexico. It would put him on unassailable ground that could not be challenged by Congress or the courts, though I admit they would try.
The illegal border-crossers (not to be confused with legal applicants) are not “migrants,” “immigrants,” “asylum seekers,” or “refugees.” If they were they could go to any official Port of Entry, file a claim, and await adjudication in Mexico as ordered by the President. BUT, when they cross illegally, at illegal points, they become “invaders” and nothing else.
“Invaders” are not given attorneys, court dates, or any social services. And, they SURE AS HECK are not released into the country! They are just REPELLED back into Mexico, period, something that would force Mexico to either stop these endless caravans or care for caravan members themselves.
Activating Article IV, Section Four would also allow the President to use federal laws 10 USC 284 and 8 USC 1182(f). 10 USC 284 would allow the military to build and police the wall in pursuit of its ordered mission to protect against current and future invaders. 8 USC 1182(f) would allow the President to stop all immigration from Mexico WITHOUT impacting trade between Mexico and the U.S., a win-win that could buy time to sort out and reform our immigration laws and policy.
So, why does the President not do this? I believe it is because he does not know he can. He is not a constitutional scholar. He is a businessman and administrator. Of necessity, he relies on his legal team to tell him his legal and constitutional options. Why they have not advised him of the above is beyond me. Perhaps there are reasons, though I cannot think of any. At the very least, he should be advised of it so he can make his own decision. I have tried to communicate this option to the President, but have only received silence from those guarding access.
The vociferous, knee-jerk, anti-Trump reaction from everyone in Washington, Democrat and Republican alike, tells me that “Fortress Washington” is dead-set against securing the border. They SAY they want the border secured, but actions speak louder than words.The ongoing and worsening invasion across the border is not going away! PLEASE do whatever you can to get this message in front of the President.
Oren Long, MA
Republican Precinct Committeeman
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.