The Trump administration dropped its consideration of plans to send U.S. military forces to the Canadian border to help with efforts to combat the new coronavirus, a U.S. official said Thursday, disclosing that decision after Canadian officials had strenuously objected to the idea.
Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters in Ottawa that officials there were told of the U.S. proposal a few days ago but wouldn’t disclose where the U.S. units might have gone or what they would do.
“We are very directly and very forcefully expressing the view that this is an entirely unnecessary step which we would view as damaging to our relationship,” Ms. Freeland said. “We do not believe at all there would be a public-health justification to take this action. We don’t think this is the right way to treat a trusted friend and military ally.”
In Washington, a U.S. official said there had been a proposal to consider sending either U.S. troops or National Guard units to the Canadian border in support of the Department of Homeland Security, which is enforcing immigration laws under the burden of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This was under consideration, but it is no longer going to take place,” the U.S. official said. The official said the idea was one of several options that have been suggested and was not now under consideration.
The Department of Homeland Security had asked the Defense Department to review a proposal for the possible use of troops along the border, a second U.S. official said, but the proposal appears to be on hold.
Ms. Freeland said that Canadian officials and diplomats have been in direct contact with counterparts in Washington, including, among others, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, to relay their displeasure.
The Pentagon referred questions concerning any military deployments on the border to the Department of Homeland Security. A senior administration official said the administration was considering all options to slow the spread of the virus.
“Protecting our border is a national security priority and without proper precautions…the virus could pose greater risk to migrants, travelers, law enforcement personnel, health care professionals, and all Americans,” the official said.
White House and State Department officials didn’t respond to requests for comment.
“The U.S., of course, is a sovereign country, which does, as it ought to do, make its own independent decisions about what to do within its borders,” Ms. Freeland said. She added that symbolically it was crucial that the 5,500-mile border remain demilitarized.
According to the John Hopkins thingy right now, the U.S. has 85K cases; Canada, with roughly 1/10 x America’s population, only has 1/21 x that amount, at 4K cases.
And it’s not like even in normal times, Canadians want to enter America in large numbers other than to visit then come home; few apply to emigrate, and even fewer live there illegally. I myself lived and worked in America for about a year, two decades ago, under a NAFTA visa, and enjoyed my experience but was happy to return to my home country, which I love as much as Americans love their country, because it is my own.
And like the Mexicans, right now we’re trying to keep foreigners out of our country just like America and Mexico are each trying to keep foreigners out of theirs, same as most of the rest of the world these days. Hopefully, we can all keep tightened borders after; no return to the lax border controls of the status quo ante, please. 🙂
If there’s one thing this virus should kill, it’s the globalist managerial technocratic Brave New World Order.