We Will Guard Our Border With Our Military
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Apr 04, 2018,
Apr 04, 2018, 0:58
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would use us military forces to protect the border with Mexico until a long-promised wall is completed and "proper security" is in place. That's a big step.
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 railed against more than 1,200 Central American migrants on a 2,000-mile (3,200-km) journey from the Mexico-Guatemalan border, and reiterated threats to derail the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if they are not stopped.
"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 also called on Congress to take action to secure the US border.
Trump has also demanded Mexico break up the caravan of hundreds of Central Americans traveling to the U.S. "We have terrible, frightful and very unsafe laws in the United States, and we're going to be able to do something about that, hopefully soon", Trump said. The President had threatened to end the NAFTA agreement if the Mexican government did not stop the caravan and to end USA aid to Honduras. "Congress MUST ACT NOW!", Trump tweeted.
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The President's comments appear to take aim at current U.S. policy which requires border agents to catch then release family units who arrive at the border from noncontiguous countries.
"We are scared, just like you", Mujica said according to The Washington Post. The deployments came after border patrol agents complained they were undermanned, and worries were growing over a spate of cross-border flights of ultralight aircraft ferrying drugs across the border.
"I think we should put that new law to a vote in the Senate as soon as possible", he said on Twitter.
Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, appearing on Fox News, said he advocated abiding by "the normal process".
Trump's call for troops at the border comes as he continues to press Congress to approve $25 billion in funding for the "big, beautiful" southern border wall he promised on the campaign trail. 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.