Early Tuesday afternoon, President Trump announced his intention to use military personnel to secure the Mexican border against a “caravan” of people making their way North, with the assumption their end goal is the United States.
Trump addressed the Washington Times stating, “We are going to be guarding our border with our military. That’s a big step. We cannot have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing, and by the way never showing up for court,” Trump continued. “If it reaches our border, our laws are so weak and so pathetic… it’s like we have no border.”
Trump has repeatedly shown frustration in lack of funding and action from Congress to build his multi-billion dollar wall. Reports have indicated he has been in talks with Defense Secretary Mattis on this as a possible solution. One can reasonably assume, if the military is mobilized to secure the border, it will force Congress’s hand to act.
Trump made the claim that during the Obama administration changes were made that “basically created no border”, and that “the laws created by the Democrats are so pathetic and so weak.”
At this time it is unclear what, if any action will be taken by the military, but it is of concern that it has been deemed a viable option as an appropriate response from what we can assume as of now is a group of civilians in transit through their home country. This, along with previous executive orders signed by Trump, will set a precedent for the future of how we handle border security.
This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available in the coming days.