Source: Josh Hammer
One would be hard-pressed to utilize adjectival alarmism that could sufficiently describe the outright national crisis that is currently transpiring at our inundated southern border. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, over 144,000 aliens were apprehended between ports of entry or deemed admissible at points of entry in the month of May alone — thus representing a 32% month-over-month increase from the already-record-shattering April monthly tally. Looking solely at apprehensions between points of entry, May’s total of 132,887 was more than double the number of apprehensions from just February — the month when Trump declared the situation at the border so dire that he declared a national emergency to help allocate funding to construct a wall and begin the slow process of ameliorating the influx.
Uncharted. Unprecedented. Unsustainable. Bonkers. Full-on emergency. System-wide emergency. One can insert any phrase of choice, but no phrase can truly account for the magnitude of the current problem. Over 1% of the entire nation of Guatemala has entered — legally or (usually) illegally — the U.S. since September and, even more amazingly, one-third of the entire impoverished nation plans to immigrate to the U.S. at some point in the future! Along with unvetted bogus asylees coming from fellow “Northern Triangle” nations El Salvador and Honduras, the summation of this mass migrant influx is social transformation without republican representation that massively enriches Mexican transnational cartel syndicates and leads to exacerbated narcotic and crime epidemics in our nation’s interior.
Ideally, the Department of Homeland Security would begin by immediately acting to finish the job on its (inexplicably) aborted re-writing of the erroneous, sovereignty-infringing Flores consent decree that dominated so much of the immigration-related 2018 media cycle. But the reality is also that President Donald Trump has many unilateral, statutorily delegated, and/or constitutionally inherent powers at his disposal to quell, contain, and ultimately stop this influx. As Ryan Girdusky recently tweeted, 8 U.S.C. § 1182(f) tops the list: