President Donald Trump says he’s sending troops down to the southern border to protect the country from illegal immigrants until his border wall is finished.
He says he’ll be meeting with his military advisers about it soon.
Trump did not provide any details on the military deployment he envisions such as how many troops he anticipates and from what branch or branches.
‘Until we can have a wall and proper security we’re going to be guarding our border with the military,’ Trump said at a meeting with Baltic state leaders. ‘That’s a big step.’
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump threatened to cut off aid to Central America as he fumed about a caravan of migrants from Honduras making their way through Mexico.
Mexican authorities took steps on Monday to disband the caravan.
‘They did that because I said you really have to do it,’ Trump asserted during the meeting on Tuesday, bringing up North American Free Trade Agreement.
This morning, Trump said the caravan ‘had better be stopped’ or he’d punish Honduras and other countries that ‘allow this to happen.’
‘Cash cow NAFTA is in play,’ he warned in a tweet. ‘Congress MUST ACT NOW!’
He said later that he found the entire situation ‘sad’ and as he railed against America’s ‘very bad’ border laws, which he blamed on congressional Democrats.
‘We have immigration laws that are laughed at by everybody,’ he harped at the meeting with Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
The caravan in question split in two on Monday evening, with a portion of the migrants taking a train to Veracruz. The bulk of the caravan was held up by Mexican authorities in Matias Romero Avendano, where travelers were registered and assessed, according to the Washington Post.
Travelers who do not fit the criteria to receive a humanitarian visa will have to leave Mexico. The country’s immigration services say they will disband the caravan by Wednesday.
Trump said a news conference on Tuesday that he directed Mexico to break up the caravan because their immigration laws are stronger than the United States’ at present.
‘We are preparing for the military to secure our border,’ he again stated. ‘We have a meeting on it in a little while with General Mattis and everybody.’
The president has also suggested that the Pentagon could pay for his border wall, although it’s not clear how that would work, either, since the military’s funds are appropriated by Congress.
Democratic Sens. Jack Reed and Dick Durbin said Monday in a letter to Mattias that the Pentagon ‘has no legal authority’ to repurpose federal funds.
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Source: Daily Mail