In recent weeks, a large caravan of men, women, and children from multiple Central American nations has been moving north through Mexico towards the United States. These migrants are fleeing their homeland in order to escape violence and find better opportunities in a new place. In response to this large influx of people inching towards the U.S. border, President Trump has ordered over 5,000 troops to assist Border Patrol agents.
The commander-in-chief justified his action by claiming the caravan poses a national security threat. Trump and his supporters argue that as a sovereign nation, we have an obligation to do everything in our power to protect our borders and prevent people from entering our country illegally. They also argue that allowing undocumented people in is unfair to those who have waited years to gain entrance legally. However, some argue that Trump sending troops to the border is an overreaction. They claim that the men, women, and children who are fleeing their country pose no threat to us. Rather than using force to stop this caravan, this side would generally prefer that we welcome the migrants to our country for humanitarian reasons. Additionally, they argue that sending the military is a waste of taxpayer dollars, believing that the Border Patrol can handle the situation. What do you think? Do you agree with President Trump’s decision to send the military to defend the Mexican border against asylum seekers?