Sometimes bold action is required to correct years of ineffectual, destructive policies responsible for a crisis that was mere months away from destroying the country as we knew it.
Then-President Trump understood the severity of the border crisis Barack Obama left him with after years of open border policies, which brought violent crime, drug cartels, and human trafficking.
Trump and members of his administration discussed bold ways to try to secure the southern border before being persuaded not to pursue them by some of the more “experienced” D.C. careerists he placed in his employ.
As recently as spring of 2020, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security and top military officers considered sending as many as 250,000 troops to the US-Mexico border.
Trump also suggested that the military send troops into Mexico to hunt down drug cartels — similar to American commandos tracking and killing terrorists in Afghanistan or Pakistan — but relented after aides said that many countries would see the move as an act of war against a close ally and the U.S.’s biggest trading partner.
Trump understood that securing the U.S.-Mexico border situation was so important, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, he tried to think out of the box.
The enormous troops presence at the border would have involved a sixth of all American forces.
Such a move would have been the largest use of the military inside the U.S. since the Civil War, but such a crisis within the United States border hasn’t occurred since the Civil War either.
Harrowing problems require bold solutions, regardless of political correctness.
Stephen Miller, architect of Trump’s immigration agenda, had urged DHS to devise a plan for the number of troops that would be needed to seal the entire 2,000-mile southern border.
The idea was relayed to officials at the Defense Department’s Northern Command, which is responsible for all military operations in the U.S. and on its borders.
The newspaper, citing officials, said the idea never was presented formally to Trump for approval, though it was discussed in meetings at the White House.
Then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper (why he was ever nominated remains a question) expressed total outrage by Trump and Miller’s plan. Soon after, he turned on his former boss and publicly spoke out against the Trump administration. He resented that Homeland Security officials looked him over, taking the military idea directly to Northern Command.
Stephen Miller and Mark Esper reportedly engaged in a heated Oval Office exchange, with Trump present. The feud resulted in a breakdown of the plan, which was obviously never executed.
Biden, however, would never even consider bold action to correct the border mess his administration has made.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney