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What Will a Migrant Caravan Mean for America?

Migrants, part of a caravan traveling from Central America en route to the United States, walk by the road that links Ciudad Hidalgo with Tapachula, Mexico.
Migrants, part of a caravan traveling from Central America en route to the United States, walk by the road that links Ciudad Hidalgo with Tapachula, Mexico. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

A migrant caravan from South America numbering in the thousands is causing varying levels of concern, with some media sounding the alarm while others downplay the news. President Donald Trump has said the situation could involve as many as 15,000 troops being sent to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Regardless of the severity of the effects of the caravan, New York Times best-selling author and terrorism expert Brigitte Gabriel says illegal immigration and ever-changing U.S. immigration policies are transforming America. And, she says, the threat of the caravan proves it's time to build a border protection wall.

In her newest book, Rise: In Defense of Judeo-Christian Values and Freedom, Gabriel arms readers with real data and compelling facts that will equip them to fight the efforts of America's enemies to undermine our nation at every level of society. Rise also motivates readers to unite with other patriots who wish to preserve America's endangered Judeo-Christian values and freedom.

"When did our immigration system start functioning like a charity to benefit third-world countries rather than America?" Gabriel unabashedly writes in Chapter 6: "Transformation Through Immigration." "When did it become the case that the interests of foreigners should take precedent over those of American citizens? It's a peculiar thing. A massive wave of third-world immigration has been engulfing America for half a century, yet all American citizens hear about from the 'lamestream' media is what a racist, intolerant country we live in. If we don't openly accept millions of individuals who have no desire to embrace the language, culture and values that made America the greatest country in the history of the world, we must be racists.

"Of course, it's easy to make that argument from the Manhattan high-rises that leftist pundits reside in, or from the gated D.C. communities of our politicians," she continued. "It's not the elites who have to suffer the consequences of hundreds of thousands of unvetted foreigners flocking to the United States. It's not the elites who have had their communities transformed, endangered and eroded by 10 million illegal aliens. Like always, it's the average American citizen who bears that burden."

Gabriel is a legal immigrant from Lebanon who went through the entire process to be a citizen of the "best country in the world"—a painstaking and expensive process that was worth it.

"When I came to America, I paid for my own ticket; I paid for my doctor's visits and all the blood tests that I had to take to become an American; I paid for my lawyers to do my papers; I had to study a two-inch-thick book written by the Daughters of the American Revolution about America's history and heritage. And I had to take a written exam as well as a verbal exam—in English—and pass them before I became an American. I am an immigrant. I am a legal immigrant. I am the type of immigrant America needs, not criminal aliens who break the law to get here.

"As a legal immigrant from a war-torn Lebanon, I understand the plight of those seeking shelter from violence and oppression from their native countries," she continued. "I also understand the very legitimate fears that the common American has about their country and local communities being transformed before their very eyes. America is great for the very reason that it does not allow lawlessness and embodies a set of Western principles that the countries many are fleeing from fail to uphold. The problem arises when those fleeing lawless, violent and corrupt countries seek to benefit from the safety, prosperity and generosity of the United States while not realizing that the reason America is a country they want to flee to is because we do not allow anarchy. We do not allow anyone to come here simply because it's convenient for them. We do not look the other way when someone violates federal immigration policy."

Rise contains Gabriel's most hard-hitting, explosive message yet. It's not only a warning but also a rallying cry to unite Americans of all backgrounds in a fight for the survival of the nation, the protection of the Judeo-Christian values upon which it was built, and the preservation of the freedoms on which future generations depend.

In the 10 years since her groundbreaking first book took the world by storm, Gabriel has boldly faced death threats from terrorists, condemnation from critics and attacks from the "PC Police," yet she refuses to back down. Gutsy, spirited, undauntable and resolute, Gabriel now issues a new clarion call to America that addresses the historical and religious basis of our greatest threats to national security.

Gabriel started her organization, ACT for America—now approaching 1 million members—in an effort to protect the citizens of the United States from the horrors she experienced as a young girl in her native Lebanon. She is also the celebrated author of two New York Times best-sellers, Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America (2006) and They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (2010). Rise is published by FrontLine, an imprint of Charisma House, which has published14 New York Times best-sellers.

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