As a result of the military being stationed there, 16 people were arrested near the U.S.-Mexican border yesterday for charges over human trafficking of undocumented migrants and drugs. And an additional eight people were detained for questioning about unrelated drug offenses. One may thing that this is a major PR coup for the Trump administration. But -- and I say this as objectively as possible -- the story is not what you think.
The 16 people arrested were U.S. Marines.
So were the additional eight people detailed. That's 24 Marines in all.
The arrests took place at Camp Pendleton and were the result of a separate investigation of two other Marines who had been arrested earlier this month over human trafficking charges.
So, if you're keeping score, that's 26 Marines.
No word yet if they will be kept in cages without beds, shoes, and toothbrushes, no permission to use showers, and forced to drink water for toilets. In fairness, their situation is admittedly different from the migrants and refugees being held under those conditions since, unlike those refugees, the Marines have actually been charged with crimes.
Here's more on the story in a Reuters article for those who have a hard time believing -- even in this time of lunacy and the unbelievable -- that this could be real.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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