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Trump wants military to secure border with Mexico

Trump wants military to secure border with Mexico

President Donald Trump's strategy for the U.S. -Mexico border includes mobilising the National Guard, the White House said on Tuesday, after Trump had earlier spoken publicly to reporters about "guarding our border with the military" to stop illegal immigrants. 'We can not have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing, and by the way never showing up for court, ' added the head of state, who last weekend launched a strong crusade on social networks against the arrival of undocumented immigrants.

While addressing Baltic leaders, Donald Trump also claimed that the "caravan" of Central American immigrants headed to the us was in the process of being broken up in Mexico. For one, the US Army Corps of Engineers already handles border infrastructure and construction.

The Guard could also provide other support services to the border patrol, ensuring the patrol has enough personnel to quickly jump on cartel smuggling operations that are often conducted amid the rush of illegal immigrants.

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.

It is unclear what options may be presented to President Trump by the Pentagon.

President Donald Trump spoke to reporters Tuesday and tweeted at length about immigration and border security, saying the U.S. "basically" has "no border".

On Monday White House officials said they are crafting a legislative package aimed at closing immigration "loopholes".

"We really haven't done that before, or certainly not very much before", he said.

"I think we should put that new law to a vote in the Senate as soon as possible", he said on Twitter.

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"Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their jobs at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release", Trump tweeted on Sunday.

That's because the Posse Comitatus Act prohibits the USA military from conducting law enforcement duties in the United States.

Military resources being used for border security would not be entirely novel.

The move follows several statements Trump has made in recent days regarding immigration, including calling off a solution to give undocumented immigrants who arrived as children a pathway to citizenship. Just last week, it was reported that Trump was considering using part of his recently approved military budget to fund the border wall that was the foundation of his 2016 presidential campaign.

Presidents have used troops to help secure the border for over a century.

Trump campaigned on building a border wall, and he promised Mexico would pay for it.

"The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our "Weak Laws" Border, had better be stopped before it gets there", Trump tweeted early Tuesday. He's blamed President Obama for weak immigration policy, writing on Twitter this morning (among many, many other things): "Mexico & Canada have tough immigration laws, whereas ours are an Obama joke".

Also setting Trump off: A briefing from senior administration officials last week that included an update on an uptick in illegal border crossings, and images played on his favorite network, Fox News, of a "caravan" of migrants making their way through Mexico.

Revving up his rhetoric, Trump went on to assert that the NAFTA deal, which he described as Mexico's "cash cow" in a previous tweet, would be no more if the Mexican government chooses to not cooperate.


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