With Congress refusing to move to help secure our southern border, President Donald Trump has pledged to use the U.S. military to safeguard the border.
“We are going to be guarding our border with our military. That’s a big step,” Trump told reporters gathered at the White House on April 3. “We cannot have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing, and by the way never showing up for court.”
During a working lunch with Baltic leaders, Trump discussed trade with China, relations with Russia and immigration, adding that the military will guard the border until a wall is built.
It appears that Trump was commenting on an Obama era rule that border agents must catch but then release (and release inside our borders) illegals who have children with them if they come from “noncontiguous countries” — meaning if they are from countries other than Mexico.
Trump added that he had already spoken with Secretary of Defense James Mattis about using the U.S. military to guard the border.
Trump has also been furious that Mexico is not acting to stop a caravan of illegals from Honduras and other countries from traveling through Mexico with the goal of crashing across the U.S. border.
Trump tweeted about this caravan on Tuesday: “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. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!”
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. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
Mexico has claimed that it is breaking up the caravan and forcing them to return home. But this is hardly the truth. Mexican authorities have never stopped these groups in the past, only forcing them to break up in smaller groups but otherwise allowing them to continue their move toward the U.S. border. That is what they are doing here, too.
Liberals, of course, have been railing against Trump for saying that he thinks he might use the military budget to build his wall. But, the fact is there is precedent for the idea.
The military has been involved before in putting up a barrier along the U.S.-Mexican border without explicit authorization from Congress, according to a 2009 government report.
President Donald Trump recently proposed to draw from the $700 billion appropriated for the military for funds to build the border wall, which comes with a price tag estimated at $25 billion.
Initial fencing constructed after Congress passed the 2006 Secure Fence Act was paid for by the Department of Homeland Security, while engineering and labor was carried out through an agreement with the Defense Department.
Daily Signal went on to note that military involvement in the border is not out of consideration.
“The military can’t enforce immigration laws inside the United States, but it can help fortify the border as a national defense issue,” Art Arthur, resident fellow for law and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies told Daily Signal.
Later in his Tuesday presser, Trump added that “nobody has been tougher” on Russia than he has.
“We’ll find out whether or not we do. If we could all get along, that would be great, and that includes China and includes many other countries,” Trump insisted. “But we will see what happens. Only time will tell,” he said. “Pretty much everybody agrees to that, except very stupid people.”
[Note: This post was written by Warner Todd Huston]