, currently being litigated in an Arizona federal district court, is a case that is testing states’ rights to defend themselves from invasion by Mexican drug- and human-smuggling cartels. In response to the well-documented influx of foreign nationals entering the country illegally, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey placed shipping containers along the state’s southern border to stem the flow. The federal government now claims that the shipping containers violate various federal regulations that it says apply to the Roosevelt Reservation area near the border, and seeks removal of the containers.
The case brings up the fundamental question of what constitutes an invasion. Anti-borders activists scoff at the application of the term at our border, as there are no formal armies involved. To them and others, “invasion” only applies to events like our boys from the Greatest Generation storming the beach at Normandy or Germany’s Operation Barbarossa into Russia.
But what is the goal of an invasion? If it is to penetrate, demoralize, and destabilize a nation, then the current flow into the United States fits the definition. Cartel operatives at the border now come equipped with military-grade weapons and surveillance technology. The fentanyl and other illicit drugs they ferry across the border are the leading cause of death
for Americans 18 to 45 years old.
Like a traditional invasion, this current iteration has a devastating effect on our nation’s treasure and other resources. Just since Joe Biden assumed the presidency, illegal aliens released into the United States will cost American taxpayers an additional $20.4 billion
annually. Anyone who has visited a hospital emergency room or a department of motor vehicles can witness the strain that immigration violators have put upon our already fragile infrastructure.