For much less than the price of deploying the army and taking the hit in disrupted commerce the US could have temporarily settled the refugees and dealt with them in a humane and orderly fashion. In 1975 the United States settled 20000 Vietnamese refugees in Camp Pendleton. Those refugee’s lives had been unsettled by US policy in Vietnam, just as today’s refugees are escaping the consequence of US policy in Central America. What did we have in 1975 that is missing today?
Don’t fall for it, Californians. Instead, we need to defend this gateway. Let’s go to Rosarito this weekend and have the time of our lives. Let the checkpoint booths be overwhelmed by our crossborder reality. This is the entry point to California, after all, not Trump’s America.
The brewing crisis at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on the U.S.-Mexico border is yet another deliberate insult to California by President Trump. Let’s recap (so far). First he deployed a show of force better suited to “Call of Duty” than the busiest border crossing in the Western Hemisphere.