President Trump has deployed his ultimate weapon to stop the caravan closing in on our southern border: The tweet.
Via Twitter, he has:
—Threatened to junk NAFTA unless Mexico acts to stop the caravan before it gets to the border.
—Said he would cut aid to Honduras, the origin of most of the child migrants, unless it stops them crossing the border on the way to Mexico.
—Announced that he will send military units to the border to stop their entry.
The left was all ginned up to start a "humanitarian crisis" by presenting the Trump administration with upward of a thousand refugees on our doorstep. Trump was to be made to seem heartless and cruel by denying these children entry, particularly if force was involved.
But Trump shot from the hip — reacting swiftly — and sent out his tweets. And the marchers stopped in their tracks just south of Mexico City.
But the president's success merely begs the question of when the long promised border wall will be completed. With almost a thousand miles to go and 100 more to be added this year due to Congressional funding restrictions, it is anybody's guess how long it will take. Perhaps as long as it took to build the pyramids.
Trump has proclaimed his right to declare our porous southern border what it is — a threat to our national security — and to use defense funding for its intended purpose: national defense. Or, forgive me, De Fence.
It's time to go ahead. Ask the president and Congress to accelerate this snail's pace and build the border wall now. An open border is an open invitation for drug smugglers and other criminals to slip into our country.