Trump is not first president to deploy troops to US-Mexico border
- Author: Joey Payne Apr 04, 2018,
Apr 04, 2018, 1:00
President Trump said he has spoken to Defense Secretary James Mattis about the USA military being used to police the southern border.
He's calling it a "big step".
"President Obama made changes that basically created no border", Trump said. He said he would be meeting soon with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and others to discuss the idea.
Currently, officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforce security within 100 miles of any point along the U.S. border, encompassing major cities along the southern border including San Antonio and El Paso in Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; and San Diego, California.
Mexico's government has said such "caravans" of mostly Central Americans, including many escaping violence in Honduras, have occurred since 2010. The President had threatened to end the NAFTA agreement if the Mexican government did not stop the caravan and to end US aid to Honduras. Most of those who manage to cross into the United States would have to be released before long. "Congress MUST ACT NOW!", Trump tweeted.
Brett McGurk, the special USA envoy for the global coalition against Islamic State, said: "We are in Syria to fight ISIS".
"If it reaches our border, our laws are so weak and so pathetic-you (the Baltic leaders) would not understand this 'cause I know your laws are strong at the border-it's like we have no border", he explained. "Mexico is our neighbour, and our friend", Bush insisted in 2006 in a speech on immigration reform that nonetheless announced a large increase in the number of border patrol agents and the deployment of up to 6,000 National Guard membersin a two-year operation dubbed Jump Start. -Mexican border to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to border patrol agents.
Several hundred National Guard troops were already on the border to combat the cartels.
Some members of Congress said they were uncomfortable with the idea of using the military at the border.
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".
"The hard part, I think, is in front of us, and that is stabilizing these areas, consolidating our gains, getting people back into their homes", Votel said.
Trump has been promising to fight illegal immigration from Mexico since his presidential campaign, claiming he will build a wall on the United States border.
According to a BuzzFeed report, the caravan was organized by People Without Borders.