On Tuesday, President Trump announced that he will deploy the military to the southern border until the wall is built.
“Until we can have a wall and proper security, we are going to be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step,” Trump said at the White House.
The Hill reported:
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Such a move would significantly escalate the U.S. presence along the frontier with Mexico. The U.S. Border Patrol — not the military — is tasked with protecting the border.
Trump has recently reverted back to his hard-line stance on immigration, backing away from his efforts to compromise with Democrats on Capitol Hill.
Over the past several days, the president has closed the door to a deal to protect young immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children, called on Mexico to step up efforts to detain illegal border crossers and sounded the alarm about a “caravan” of Central American migrants heading for the U.S. border.
“If it reaches our border, our laws are so weak and so pathetic … it’s like we have no border,” he added.
As we and others reported, a caravan of some 1,500 illegals are making their way through Mexico to the U.S. Although the caravan has reportedly been broken up by the Mexican government, organizers say they intend to work their way to the United States.
It’s not the first time troops have been deployed to the border, The Hill said:
Presidents Obama and George W. Bush both deployed National Guard troops at the border to help stop illegal immigration. The temporary moves came as they were trying to win conservative support for immigration reforms that would allow millions to seek U.S. citizenship.
“The United States is not going to militarize the southern border,” Bush said when announcing the deployment in 2006. “Mexico is our neighbor, and our friend.”
Here’s video of Trump’s statement, courtesy of Reuters:
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