President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he is sending the military to defend the U.S.-Mexico border until construction of a border wall is complete.
During a meeting with leaders of the Baltic states, Trump praised Mexico for its “very strong” border laws in comparison to the United States.
“We have very bad laws for our border and we are going to be doing some things, I spoke with (Defense Secretary James) Mattis, we’re going to do some things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step,” Trump said.
The president added, “We cannot have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing, and by the way never showing up for court.”
When pressed on the issue, Trump made it clear he is “preparing for the military to secure our border.”
The move is not without precedent, however.
Even former President Barack Obama deployed National Guard troops to protect the U.S.-Mexico border in 2010. Former President George W. Bush also deployed 6,000 National Guard troops to the border for Operation Jump Start in 2006.
Trump also revealed that he warned Mexico that they need to do something about the “caravans” of migrants that are pouring across the border.
“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,” Trump told Baltic leaders.
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