Trump Drops Dems, Takes Victory Lap Over Secure Border

President Trump signaled on Saturday that his administration was committed to sealing up the southern border between the United States and Mexico, attempting to end what the administration is calling a “border crisis.”

After Trump ordered thousands of troops from the National Guard to help with security, he said the U.S. was finally “sealing up” the border. A couple states have already responded to Trump’s request as Texas and Arizona have sent several hundred troops.

“We are sealing up our Southern Border,” Trump tweeted. “The people of our great country want Safety and Security. The Dems have been a disaster on this very important issue!”

Per Washington Examiner:

The tweet comes a night after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that the troops have been deployed to the southwest border.

“Tonight, National Guard troops are deploying to support border security missions along the U.S. southwest border,” the two secretaries said in a joint statement

“Working closely with the border governors, the Department of Homeland Security identified security vulnerabilities that could be addressed by the National Guard. We appreciate the governors’ support and are dedicated to working with them to secure the national borders,” they added.

According to the report, Trump is hoping 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard troops will eventually be deployed to the border.

Here’s more, per BBC:

The US state of Texas is deploying National Guard members to the border with Mexico following a call from President Donald Trump.

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A Guard spokesman said 250 personnel would be sent to patrol the area within the next 72 hours.

Arizona is also planning to deploy 150 troops there next week.

President Trump says he wants to send up to 4,000 National Guard members to secure the border with Mexico, until his proposed border wall is built.

The states of New Mexico and California have been asked to take similar action to Texas and Arizona.

Trump recently outlined plans to end the “catch and release” policy, “which illegal immigrants are released from detention while awaiting a court hearing on their status” (Reuters reports).

Here’s more on the troop deployment, per the Hill:

The memo authorizing the deployment calls for the National Guard personnel to support the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “southern border security mission while under the command and control of their respective governors through September 30, 2018.”

The troops are not allowed to perform law enforcement activities or interact with migrants or people detained by the DHS. They will only be armed when necessary for self-defense.

The troop deployment comes after Trump was heavily criticized by his base for not pressing Congress for more federal funding for his border wall.

A massive spending bill passed by Congress last month allocated $1.6 billion for border security but had restrictions on how the funds could be used.

Trump has been outspoken about the immigration problem over social media: