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Military to send 5,200 soldiers to U.S.-Mexico border

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/29/18, 04:51 pm

The U.S. Defense Department said Monday it is sending 5,200 active duty troops to “harden” the country’s southern border against a migrant caravan making its way through Mexico. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy said 800 soldiers were en route on Monday, and the remainder would be at the southwest border by the end of the week. More than 2,000 members of the National Guard are already assisting authorities at the border. The new troops will provide “mission enhancing capabilities” and will be armed, according to the Defense Department. 

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 10/29/2018 07:08 pm

    This is the correct response to these “caravans.”  It would send an incredibly harmful message to stand aside helplessly as if we are powerless to keep our border from being crossed illegally. 

    I remain unable to understand how liberals and even some good-hearted Christians think it is proper that we just open the gates.


  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Mon, 10/29/2018 09:20 pm

     You are correct for the role of governmental leaders is to first provide justice for their people. Allowing in people who may be criminals and killers is not providing justice for your people. Allowing in people who have sickness and disease that can spread to your citizens is not providing justice for your people. Allowing in illegal aliens when others followed the rules in some cases waiting years to enter the US is not providing justice for our people. Allowing in girls to be sold on the sex market is not standing up for justice! Allowing in drug dealers to sell drugs and get young kids addicted is not providing justice for your citizens. Allowing in gang members who rape, pillage and kill is not providing justice for your people. Allowing in illegal aliens so they can be used as pawns so Democrats can win elections is not providing justice for our people. The call of government leaders is to provide justice where the call of the church is to feed the poor and look after the alien in a legal fashion - but even this is a distorted view of the full calling of the church!  

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Tue, 10/30/2018 02:44 pm

    It is quite legal under the Constitution of the United States for immigrants with or without prior paperwork to present themselves at an official border crossing and apply for asylum. I've read in other sources that many, if not most, of those in the caravan intend to do just this. It's a response to oppression in their home countries, and applying for asylum is legally permitted by the United States. The chances of the US granting permanent asylum is very slim, and as stated recently in other news sources, Trump intends to place these legal applicants in tent cities indefinitely, while they await a legal court hearing. This is what happened last summer.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Wed, 10/31/2018 03:32 am

    This is a mob of people invited to come to America by Democrats seeking to weaponize immigration and use it as a political tool.  It is unfair to the people who are coming! It is unfair to Americans living in America where we will end up paying doctor bills, education expenses and so much more. It causes more money to be taken from the average citizen to pay taxes where if it had been left to the citizen then they could give more to organizations which are far more effective. I could go on about the sinful national debt we are taking on and how we spend money we don’t have!  The role of the US government is not to feed the world- for we would quickly go bankrupt. The role of government is not to allow everybody into our country - for we would be quickly overrun. This is just plain wisdom (Matt. 26:11).

    The role of the Church is to first care for the members of the church (Gal. 6:9,10) and as it has resources it then helps unbelievers. We see the wise use of resources in the instructions given about caring for widows in I Tim. 5:3-16. First, they were instructed to check out the widows to really make sure they were widows (v. 3). They were to see if they had children or grandchildren who could take care of them (vv. 4,8).  They were to distinguish between widows living by faith and widows living for pleasure (vv. 5-7).  They were to discern between the widows who could marry and the older widows (vv. 9,11-15). They were to support the widows who had lived holy lives (9,10).  Believers in the church were to take care of their widows (v. 16). It is interesting that the passage isn’t even clear if they were to take care of unbelieving widows!  


    We need to make the distinction that the government is not the church and the church is not the government. 


    We as the church are to help start churches, orphanages, old folks homes for the widows and elderly both in America and in foreign countries with the focus first helping the Christians. Christian businesspeople called by God should help start businesses to relieve economic difficulties. In all of this, the church must show wisdom like the word instructs about caring for widows. For example, we don’t want to mix business with the work of the church. Our efforts to help the local people should first go to the believers.


    It is the prerogative of government and specifically the leadership to decide how many immigrants are allowed into our country and the rules that apply (Rom. 13: 4).  We in turn should submit to the rulers (Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13-17). Given that each voter has a leadership role by their vote and their political influence, we should vote and use our political influence so we can best lead quite and holy lives (I Tim. 2:1,2). The ends we seek in praying for our leaders, is the same that we should work toward politically. 


    In conclusion, our government needs to use judgment about how many immigrants are allowed in, the process of entry, and establish any requirements and stipulations for entry. The leadership of a nation are God’s ministers and they will be held accountable. The leaders of our country are not required to allow immigrants into our country but the church is to show kindness to immigrants.


    This doesn’t mean we should demand that this hoard approaching our border should be allowed in.  Nearly all these people we know nothing about and some of these people are criminals, rapists, killers and terrorists. Yes, many of them are probably good people, but we are a nation of laws and we should follow not just the letter of the law but the spirit of the law too. Nearly all these people are being coached by liberal lawyers in what to say to apply for asylum. It is also apparent that nearly all these people are seeking jobs and economic benefits by coming to America, which disqualifies them from entry to the USA for asylum.  We should not cave in and allow these people in for next time the number will only increase. Also, we should not let Democrats weaponize our immigration system for political gain.

    Posted: Fri, 11/02/2018 12:10 pm

    I agree, Old Mike.

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Tue, 10/30/2018 02:55 pm

    Response to Cyborg 3: What about the women and children who form the bulk of this caravan? Not gang members, not sex traffikers, not drug users or dealers, not rapists, not criminals, just women and their children?

    Crossing into the United States without proper paperwork at a location not an official border crossing is ILLEGAL. Presenting yourself at an OFFICIAL border crossing without paperwork and asking for asylum is LEGAL. Such an action is NOT a crime. Migrants who do this are not illegal. They are doing just what the laws of the US permit. That is why Trump chooses to provide tent detention centers rather than just shipping them back. The US grants them a legal presence here when they show up at our border at a legal location and legally ask for our protection, which is called asylum. People who do this have not crossed in illegally. They have crossed in legally. They have a legal, if only temporary, standing to be in the United States while their application for asylum is being processed.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 10/30/2018 03:02 pm

    Has it not occurred to you that the organizers of this mess are deliberately trying to tug at your heartstrings by such things as inclusion of women and children?  

    The whole thing is orchestrated to manipulate the sentiments of some of us, in order to pressure those in leadership positions. The organizers not only are manipulating YOUR feelings, they are exploiting the uneducated people they have lined up to march towards our border. They have no shame whatsoever about the hardships they put those migrants through. And those who fall for this are not exercising their God-given ability of discernment. 

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Thu, 11/01/2018 01:59 am

    I don’t think you really know all these people coming to America! You blindly accept the liberal MSM as though they don’t have an agenda!  And didn’t you even notice that most of them are young men? Some of them have MS13 tattoos and other gang related tattoos. Maybe you would volunteer to invite one of these “nice guys” to live with you. I wouldn’t!

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Tue, 10/30/2018 03:19 pm

    Old Mike, I just flat out don't believe or agree with your assessment of the situation. You say I've been manipulated by the media or others; I say you have. As it turns out, these numbers of would-be immigrants are nothing new. It's been happening for decades. I don't think American politicians have infiltrated Guatemala and Honduras at a local neighborhood level and incited mothers, grandmothers, and others to take their children and embark on a thousands mile journey by foot because they want to influence my opinions as an anonymous voter in the American political process. That's like saying I would be willing to leave everything behind and walk two thousand miles because I want to influence what your average Russian thinks and believes. It's much more realistic to accept the facts as gathered in personal interviews with the migrants themselves that they are seeking to better their own lives, quite apart from anything political going on in America.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 10/30/2018 05:33 pm

    It’s a free country, believe what you want. 

    I don’t say those migrants are motivated by a desire to influence our votes. BUT their desire to have a better life for their families IS being used by folks who want fundamental changes in the US—some within, some without. Those migrants are likely very uneducated folks who are easily led to believe, “if you go up to their border, they will let you in.”

    The fundamental changes wanted in the US are quite plainly enunciated, if you pay any attention: To the campaign speeches of the left.  To the news and opinion put out by the leftist media.  To the opinions expressed by a fairly substantial number of Americans who now say they oppose capitalism and favor socialism, want gay/transgender rights to override the rights of the majority, want unlimited access to abortion, want wealth redistribution, and so forth.  

    Maybe you want all that too.  Again, it’s your right.  I don’t.  I believe a majority of the Americans who actually build and provide for this Nation do not.  



  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Wed, 10/31/2018 04:17 am

    “I don't think American politicians have infiltrated Guatemala and Honduras at a local neighborhood level and incited mothers, grandmothers, and others to take their children and embark on a thousands mile journey by foot because they want to influence my opinions as an anonymous voter in the American political process.”

    Politicians don’t need to infiltrate Guatemala and Honduras for the press reports it both in the US and in the Central American countries. Notice that there are people handling out food in the video. Who is paying for and organizing this? From what I hear in the news, Soros is funding this with the goal of firing up voters to vote Democrat!

    Posted: Fri, 11/02/2018 12:24 pm

    Have you personally had interviews with the migrants? Or are the interviews coming thru a left wing activist talk show host?

    Why the Russian comment? Did you forget that Obama and Hillary are pals with the Russians? Plenty of info about that.

    It's interesting that liberals refer to the Constitution, except when it comes to the Presidential election. Both Bush and Trump were threatened with impeachment for being elected by the electoral college and not the "popular vote".  The liberal media already had Hillary as Pres. long before the legal votes were in. Just because Hillary got more votes than Trump does not make her popular. 


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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Tue, 10/30/2018 06:30 pm

    I do believe in freedom of speech, just as others in this forum do. And I am grateful to World Mag for the opportunity to speak with civility and respect to others of differing political persuasions. This is a big reason why I pay for a subscription to WNG.  Thanks World for these opportunities to engage in meaningful political discourse. 


    PS I peruse nearly all the headlines provided by Apple news through iPhone. I choose which articles to read thoroughly. I read so called “liberal” outlets such as CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, and many others.  Never do I run across the kind of out and out propaganda Old Mike describes. I also read World News, occasional Fox, and a few articles from Daily Caller and the like. I think for myself and form my opinions after thinking about issues, and mostly from my own life experiences. It’s inaccurate and simplistic to state that those of a differing opinion on life issues are being manipulated by master planners of leftist propaganda. That just isn’t my case at all. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 10/31/2018 12:08 am

    Ma’am, let me back up a little bit here, because I think you and I probably share a lot more views than we differ on.  Such as, we both believe the privilege of living in the USA is something to be treasured. We also both believe in civil discussion, and in not relying on a single (possibly biased) source for the information to base our opinions on. 

    I’ve said before,  I support immigration of those who come here intending to contribute, and believe it is fitting for us to take in refugees.  And, it’s obvious our system isn’t working well.  

    We accomplish more when we see what we agree on and work together.  I think we can agree that our Senators and Representatives should hear from us that immigration reform needs a high priority.

    I think we can also agree we should be praying that when the migrants reach our border, that they are treated like fellow human beings, not like some sort of disease.  And I think we should add to our prayers that there is no violence towards anyone at our border.  Regards, Mike



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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Wed, 10/31/2018 12:48 am

    Mike, I agree 100% with all you wrote. When can we have this prayer meeting?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 10/31/2018 05:59 pm

    Anytime that we are both (all) available. Of course, I’m in Arkansas and you are in the West, but distance has no bearing on the Lord’s ability to hear our petitions. 

    I’ll be with my grandkids this evening but home by 10 Central Time. 8 PM Pacific Time. That is late—11 PM—for those in the US East, but let’s say all who wish, from anywhere, are definitely welcome to join in. 

    Shall we agree on just a short list of requests to bring to the Throne tonight?

    My suggestions are:  Safety for the migrants. Peace on their journey, and a peaceful reception. Discernment by those who will be evaluating their claims for asylum.

    An attitude of love for our fellow man, among those who claim to follow Christ. 

    Dare I suggest we ask for an end to hateful and/or divisive rhetoric from our leaders?  

    We claim Matthew 18:19.  “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

    [corrected the East Coast time]

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 10/31/2018 05:30 pm

    Again I emphasize, all are welcome and encouraged to join in. 

    And God Bless You, West Coast Gramma, for your response!