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Trump says will use military to protect United States border

Trump says will use military to protect United States border

Donald Trump has announced that he'll be placing military forces at the US-Mexico border until the wall he promised in his 2016 campaign can be built, CNN reports.

Earlier this week, he threatened to dismantle the North American Free Trade Agreement if Mexico doesn't reduce the flow of immigrants coming across the southern U.S. border.

He later said he would be meeting with Mattis later in the day to discuss possibilities for the US military along the border with Mexico.

In 2010, President Obama sent 1,200 National Guard troops to the border. His first homeland security secretary, John Kelly - now White House chief of staff - assured Congress that it made no sense to build a "sea to shining sea" wall along rivers, canyons and remote rugged mountains.

The caravan, which is an annual event organized by the migrant assistance group Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) and created to raise awareness about the dangers migrants face, became a fixation for Trump after Fox News covered it on Sunday.

Federal law precludes the use of military for law enforcement.

This presents the Trump administration with a unique challenge, especially if Mexico stands aside and allows the caravan to reach the U.S. -Mexico border. In the omnibus bill signed by Trump last month, $1.6 billion was included for technology and some replacement of existing border fencing - although it excluded the prototypes Trump recently viewed in California.

Trump also declared protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants "dead", claimed the USA has "no effective border laws" and warned Mexico to halt the passage of "caravans" of illegal immigrants or risk retribution.

Trump's crusade against irregular immigration, with wall as a great symbol, started bad by racist attacks on Mexicans.

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump had said US foreign aid to Honduras and other countries was at risk unless they stopped what he called a "caravan" of more than 1,200 Central American migrants headed to the USA border with Mexico on a 2,000-mile (3,200-km) journey from the Mexico-Guatemalan border.

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The Trump administration has sharply bolstered spending on patrolling the border, and intensified crackdowns on undocumented immigrants inside the country.

"We are going to do some things, I've been talking to General Mattis, we're going to be doing things militarily until we can have a wall and proper security", President Trump said Tuesday during a meeting with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Trump also called on Republican lawmakers to immediately pass a border bill using the "Nuclear Option if necessary" to muscle it through, as part of a flurry of tweets on the subject over the last several days.

Trump has also proposed making Mexico pay for the wall indirectly through measures such as increasing visa fees, imposing new tariffs and targeting remittances.

The impetus for Trump's outburst is a "caravan" of Central Americans traveling through Mexico, some of whom hope to claim asylum in the United States.

Trump also voiced support for his EPA administrator.

In his Easter weekend tweets and comments, Trump continued to blame Democrats for killing the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program despite the fact that he was the one who moved to end the program. "The caravan makes me very sad that this could happen to the United States".

Migrants in the caravan began crossing into Mexico last Sunday.

Trump announced previous year that he was ending DACA, the programme that protects young "Dreamer" immigrants who were brought to the USA as children and allows them to work legally in the country, but the Department of Homeland Security is continuing to issue renewals because of a court order.