With No Wall in Place Yet, Trump Plans to Send National Guard to Mexico Border

President Donald Trump is running into issues finding funding for the wall he promised to build along the Mexican border.

But, in the meantime, he’s planning to place members of the U.S. military along the border. That’s to curb the flow of illegal immigrants crossing into America.

His plan involves a “substantial” mobilization of the National Guard, according to a White House official.

The president made his remarks about this possible military presence during a recent meeting with Baltic leaders. He is currently discussing the deployment with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Not a First-Time Thing

“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.”

Although nothing like this has been done for a while, it is not without precedence. In 2010, President Barack Obama sent about 1,200 National Guardsmen to the Mexican border. This was to deal with both smuggling and illegal immigration.

And President George W. Bush sent approximately 6,000 National Guard troops to assist with border patrol in 2006.

The state of Texas has occasionally acted on its own to secure its 800-mile border with Mexico. Including as recently as 2014.

Honduras ‘Caravan’ Was Heading to Border

Some are saying the timing of Trump’s comments is not a coincidence.

There was a “caravan” of more than 1,000 Central American migrants heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border when he made his statement.

“The big caravan of people… now coming across Mexico and heading to our ‘weak laws’ border had better be stopped before it gets there,” Trump said.

Mexican officials had not yet attempted to halt the flow at the time. Trump implied he might end foreign aid to Honduras. That’s where the caravan originated.

‘Horrible’ Laws Don’t Keep Us Safe

Trump re-emphasized that our current efforts are not enough to secure the border. He said the border is unprotected by “our horrible, horrible and very unsafe laws.”

He then added, “We don’t have laws. We have catch-and-release.”

The president also said we need more than a military presence and a wall.

He said we also need stronger legislation to close legal loopholes that allow illegal immigrants into the country.

Defense Department Chips In

Currently, there is some military support for border security. But not a lot.

The U.S. Department of Defense has naval ships patrolling nearby waters to seize drugs.

Also on duty are eight planes, a drone and more than 100 personnel from the northern command zone.

Many illegal immigrants are entering the country at the Mexican border every month. Obviously the efforts are falling short.

Will This Expensive Wall Ever Happen?

Getting back to the proposed wall for a moment… Many people are wondering if it will ever happen.

Most of those who voted for Trump would like to see a wall built. But there is a question about how much support it has overall.

A big issue is the cost. The Trump administration and border officials estimate the total price of building a wall along the Mexico border would be $20-$25 billion.

Recently Trump suggested that the Pentagon should pay for the wall.

What Do You Think?

So, how do you feel about Trump’s idea to secure the Mexico border with a military presence?

Do you think it is justified? And do you think it will work?

Leave a comment below and let us know! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this matter.

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