Pres. Trump Says He Wants Military To Do Border Control
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 04, 2018,
Apr 04, 2018, 1:01
Trump had not made such a threat of nuclear bombs, but the president has called out Mexico and even said Tuesday that he had discussed a plan with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to send the US military to the southern border. "That's a big step", Trump told reporters gathered at the White House.
The move is not entirely unprecedented - former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama previously deployed thousands of National Guard troops to the southern border during periods with an increase in border crossings.
Trump has already blasted Mexico and threatened to upend the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) over the caravan.
"We have very bad laws for our border, and we are going to be doing some things-I've been speaking with General Mattis-we're going to be doing things militarily".
The president has been lashing out at Mexico for allowing a group of Central American demonstrators, mostly from Honduras, to march toward the US border, where many hope to seek asylum.
In a post on Twitter, he had said the caravan "heading to our "Weak Laws" Border, had better be stopped before it gets there".
Mexico's government has said such "caravans" of mostly Central Americans, including many escaping violence in Honduras, have occurred since 2010.
An analysis by KXAN local news in 2016 found that most border arrests by state troopers were for drunk-driving and minor drug violations, not the smuggling of people or drugs. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen.
Brett McGurk, the special USA envoy for the global coalition against Islamic State, said: "We are in Syria to fight ISIS. Congress MUST ACT NOW!" -Baltic Summit, asserting that he had a meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis "in a little while" to discuss the militarization of the border.
US presidents have ordered National Guard forces to the border in the past.
Some members of Congress said they were uncomfortable with the idea of using the military at the border.
On Monday, the Republican president criticized Democrats on immigration and again pressed US lawmakers to pass legislation to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, one of the main themes of his 2016 presidential election campaign. That months-long mission saw Army scouts conducting day and night reconnaissance missions using the Long-Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System, a long-range, multi-sensor system that can identify and geolocate distant targets, and reporting back to Border Patrol agents.