Over Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, President Trump signed a proclamation which sent the National Guard to the southern border between the United States and Mexico.
The move was reportedly done to prevent a “caravan” of immigrants from entering the country.
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Per Fox News:
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at the White House press briefing that the signing would be done in conjunction with governors and that the administration hoped the deployment would begin “immediately.”
“Despite a number of steps this administration has taken…we continue to see unacceptable levels of illegal drugs, dangerous gang activity transnational criminal organizations and illegal immigration flow across our border,” she said.
“The president has directed that the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security work together with our governors to deploy our National Guard to our southwest border to assist the border patrol,” she said. “The president will be signing a proclamation to that effect today.”
“Traffickers and smugglers know that these individuals cannot under U.S. law be easily removed in an expeditious way back to their country of origin and so they exploit the loophole,” Nielsen said.
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She continued, “We will not allow illegal immigration levels to become the norm. More than 1,000 people a day, 300,000 a year violating our sovereignty as a nation will never be acceptable to this president.”
“Border security is homeland security which is national security.” — @SecNielsen
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As Fox News also reports, Trump is planning to continue to use the military to guard the border and prevent illegal crossings until a new border wall is constructed.
“Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military,” Trump said. “That’s a big step, we really haven’t done that before, or certainly not very much before.”
“We don’t have laws, we have catch-and-release,” the president added. “You catch and then you immediately release and people come back years later for a court case, except they virtually never come back.”
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“The Caravan is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene at our Border,” Trump tweeted on Thursday morning. “Because of the Trump Administrations actions, Border crossings are at a still UNACCEPTABLE 46 year low. Stop drugs!”
As Washington Examiner reports, Trump praised the Mexican government for their handling of the situation and in preventing the “caravan” from traveling through their country:
President Trump praised Mexico Thursday morning for using its immigration laws to stop the caravan of more than 1,000 Central American citizens from reaching the border.
Over the past week, Trump has been critical of those migrants walking, riding in vans, or traveling by train from Honduras and other Central American countries to seek refuge in Mexico and America. Mexico said the caravan is an annual demonstration that was never going to swarm the border, although the government acknowledged that some might try.
Trump has called for Congress to act swiftly to pass legislation on the border wall to increase security at the southern border. In the meantime, Trump has ordered the National Guard to the border to help boost security there.