The crisis at the southern U.S. border is an “existential” national security threat, according to the top general in charge in charge of overseeing the area.
“In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in the hemisphere with the associated drug and [undocumented immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance,” Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, who is responsible for the U.S. Southern Command, told Defense One. “Many argue these threats are not existential and do not challenge our national security. I disagree.”
According to Kelly, his forces have been unable to fully protect the U.S. from an influx of illegal drugs, weapons and people — indeed, as Defense One notes, since October more than 100,000 illegal immigrants have crossed the southern border into the United States. A majority of those entries have children, largely from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.