US Border Plan to Secure America
Paul E. Vallely
MG, US Army (Ret)
America continues to face a worsening crisis of Federal Government-sponsored uncontrolled illegal immigration. The Biden administration’s approach has weakened the border in historic proportions. The situation is critical and continues to undermine the rule of law. Biden adopted an extremist tack beginning his first week in office, issuing an executive order authorizing “catch and release” programs at the border, and freezing deportations. It also emerged that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is saying that apprehended aliens are not being tested for COVID–19, potentially introducing new disease vectors into the American population at large. As such, releasing them into the country places public health at risk, not only from COVID-19 but also, as Judicial Watch has reported, from tuberculosis, pneumonia, and other health risks. People are dying each day on both sides of the border. The Mexican Cartels are in control of the refugees and the frequency of the border crossings. Governor Abbott of Texas has declared that Texas will pursue its own course to defend its borders and commit funds to continue building the Trump Wall.
The Biden administration has revived the so-called “catch and release” system when it comes to dealing with illegal immigrants at the southern border. President Biden signed an executive order revoking former President Donald Trump’s ending of the controversial practice – which allows undocumented migrants to remain in the US while awaiting immigration proceedings announced its 100-day freeze on deportations while it evaluates further changes to Trump administration immigration policies. A Jan. 20 memo from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary David Pekoske, “Review of and Interim Revision to Civil Immigration
Enforcement and Removal Policies and Procedures,” laid out the details on the deportation freeze and new enforcement priorities.
The only “non-citizens” subject to removal (or even questioning) under the terms of the memo are those deemed to be national security threats, post-Nov. 1 border crossers, and those “currently incarcerated for an aggravated felony conviction and who are determined to be a threat to public safety.” This means that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will not deport those with other criminal records, including sex offenses, domestic violence, drug violations, property crimes and any misdemeanors.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the shift in policy was result of three issues — the influx of migrants and children from Central America, Mexico’s refusal to take in families with children under 12, and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected the agency’s detention facilities and transportation capacity.
The executive order — part of sweeping changes Biden has already made to immigration policy — only permits Border Patrol to hold an undocumented illegal alien crossing the border up to 72 hours. “CBP has seen a steady increase in border encounters since April 2020, which, aggravated by COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines, has caused some facilities to reach maximum safe holding capacity,” CBP public affairs officer Rod Kise told Fox News.
“Per longstanding practice, when long-term holding solutions are not possible, some migrants will be processed for removal, provided a Notice to Appear, and released into the U.S. to await a future immigration hearing. The executive order only permits Border Patrol to hold an undocumented immigrant crossing the border for up to 72 hours. “As the administration reviews the current immigration process, balancing it against the ongoing pandemic, we will continue to use all current authorities to avoid keeping individuals in a congregate setting for any length of time.”
In Texas, where migrant apprehensions have doubled in recent months, that is led to the US increasing beds for unaccompanied minors to 700 at a shelter in Carizzo Springs, Fox News said. A facility in Donna also received 500 extra beds.
The swell of illegal immigrants has raised health and safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Federal officers are not doing any COVID testing for immigrants coming across,” McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez told the outlet. “So, we reached out to the state of Texas, to the governor’s office. And they instantly sent us thousands of test kits so that we could supply the charity taking these people in.”
Our southern border continues to be breached by illegal border crossers and now, fully supported and funded by the Cartels. Laura Logan (Fox Nation) reports are the most extensive investigative reports on the Cartel’s domination of cross border operations. There is now evidence that the Chinese Communist Party is working hand in hand with the Cartels on illegal drug (particularly Fentanyl) shipments into the heart of America.
We cannot count on the Biden administration to give us the full story about the potentially negative impacts of its misguided policies. White House press secretary Jen Psaki seemed befuddled when asked about the lack of COVID-19 testing for those caught and released under Biden’s new executive order. But recall that, in 2014, it was revealed that the Obama-Biden administration had lied when it claimed that the 2,200 detained illegals it released into the country for budget reasons only had minor criminal records. In fact, internal documents were uncovered that showed some of those who were released were facing charges including “kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.” Under the new Biden policy, at least we know that such felons are already being given the green light to stay in the country.
These changes to immigration policies serve as critical examples of the ideologically driven, extreme policy priorities of our supposedly moderate president. Biden is effectively seeking open borders amnesty by hook or by crook, with zero regard for public health and safety – or rule of law. *
We can no longer play defense on the US side of the Border. Time to play Offense! The stakes are too high with the cartels controlling the entire Southern Border without repercussion. I have requested time and time again that the Defense Department develop and execute an operational plan to neutralize the Cartels. Not an answer is given to the American people that our Armed Forces are prepared to defeat this the real and present danger. I with other National Security experts as well as retired Admirals and Generals agree that the US is past due for offensive military actions against the cartels. Now if I were the Commander-in-Chief, I would have my national security staff and military commanders plan and execute a strategy that will secure the southern border and allow US rule of law to prevail and take the Cartels our of business. We now know through intelligence reports that the Cartels are, in fact, a militarized force composed of the various Cartel members in the Sinaloa triangle. They possess state-of-the-art weapons, weapon systems, drones, communication/IT equipment that surpass the Mexican military and certainly, our Border patrols, ICE agents and National Guard.
It is now time to truly enforce the rule-of-law along our southern borders. No more excuses…no more delays…no more politics., no more kowtowing to special interest groups, or claims by open border believers and LaRaza. The fact is that the Citizens of the USA are in daily danger and are being killed or families harmed because the border states of Mexico are controlled by the Cartels and compromised Mexican government officials. Once again, the entire area is festooned with upheaval, violence, and lawlessness as it was in 1846. The northern states in Mexico; Baja California Norte, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas are under Cartel control, and the Mexican Police and Army cannot control them. Therefore, it is in the national interest of the United States to restore order of the border as well across our borders. Because of this clear and present danger to US Citizens and our economy, positive action must be taken without delay
The US Government with its dedicated National Security Council, Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Intelligence agencies and State assets should already have a plan in place and capable of executing an operational plan to secure our southern borders. Let me provide some guidance and an executable plan of operations for the US Government to undertake with resolve and commitment to protect and secure the American people for now and the future.
The problems on and across our southern borders of California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas are in the news every day. You would have to live in a perpetual cave not to know the situation. We have a war of gigantic proportions…illegal invasions, treacherous drug cartels, gangs, human trafficking, drugs (is there not a war on drugs???), smuggling, kidnappings, and corruption of officials on both sides of the borders.
The plan is basic and involves advanced unconventional/conventional war planning. This combines the best use of our Forces that will encompass intelligence, targeting, structural organization of our forces to accomplish the mission, base operations, offensive and defensive operations. First, organize three (3) Border Task Force Groups (BTFGs) and position them in three operational bases, one in Texas, one in Arizona and another in Southern California. We have existing bases in those states that can be utilized such as Ft. Bliss, Texas, Fort Huachuca, Arizona and Camp Pendleton, California. There is no requirement to create any new operational bases. I will not name these existing bases because of operational security but Department of Defense can easily figure this out! The BTFGs will be organized based on joint task forces of Special Ops, Army, Air Force and Navy. Selected units and personal will be relocated and moved to these designated bases. I would also declare with Mexico, a 20 mile “Control Zone” on the Mexican side of the border. Any group or persons occupying this zone engaging in criminal or illegal activities against Mexico or the United States will be engaged on site.
There will be approximately 5,000 warriors assigned to each BTFG. The organization will be commanded by a Two Star “Warrior” and each of the three BTFGs will be commanded by a Brigadier General. The mission for the Command will be to target and conduct offensive and defensive operations on the Mexican side of the border. National Guard, Border Patrol, DEA, and local sheriff’s units will conduct border security operations on the United States side of the border. This initiative does not violate any existing Posse Comitatus laws. A cohesive, well thought opplan can take down and neutralize the Cartels in seven (7) days. The mission would be secretly planned and executed by a Special Ops covert operation with the support of the Border Task Force Groups.
The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 18,
1878, after the end of Reconstruction, with the intention (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) of substantially limiting the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement. The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services (today the Army, Navy, Air Force, and forces when such are called into federal service) from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain “law and order” on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) within the United States. The statute generally prohibits federal military personnel and units of the National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress. The Coast Guard is exempt from the Act.
The National Guard is and will be the asset of the State Governors to be used as required to augment the Active Force BTFGs operations on the US side of the border. Maximum use must be made of our Special Operators, Delta Force, Special Forces, Seals, AF Special Ops, Rangers, Marine Recon and Special Ops Air Assets and augmented by Active Force regular Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. The Border wall construction operations must be reinstated immediately.
The concerns and anxiety of Americans, particularly in the Border States, have grown significantly in the past year. Changes in law enforcement operations have forced smugglers of drugs and illegal aliens into ever more isolated areas, increasing the number of deaths and the level of violence to a point where even the most hardened enforcement officials are alarmed.
The political ferment over illegals has never been greater. 78 percent of Americans think and know that the government is not doing enough to control our borders; talk shows bristle with demands for action. Additionally, Global terrorists (like ISIS) and others are a major threat as they eye the southern border as a path of least resistance to strike inside the United States.
America, we must act before it is too late and reject President Biden’s policies. To our Defense
Department, our Generals and Admirals, you must take action to protect America from our enemies, foreign and domestic. The oath that you took requires it! As well, our Senators and Congressional leaders must act as well as per your oath!
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