These active-duty troops are very well trained to apply lethal combat power to our nation’s enemies in far off lands. In this context, they are badly-trained, not properly organized and improperly equipped to handle a border law enforcement mission. So, the chances of these highly-trained troops making a lethal mistake in a tense situation —even if they are in support role —is significant around our southern border. There is absolutely zero need for imposing this level of unacceptable risk by throwing active-duty troops in the pot with classic law-enforcement activities that should be left to civilian authorities, not US military. If there is more need for civilian Border Patrol agents, then we should hire more Border Patrol agents, and even consider sophisticated technology to secure our border, not throw US military active duty troops in the mix.
I hope Secretary Mattis has thought this scenario through that even by sheer accident if one of the soldier mistakenly shoots the migrants in the caravan, then how will he and the senior-most Pentagon leadership will handle that political mosh-pit scenario?