Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

United States military will guard Mexican border

United States military will guard Mexican border

Cultivating his tough-on-migration image during a White House meeting with Baltic leaders, Trump said "we are going to be guarding our border with our military" as he lashed out at his predecessor. The $1.3 trillion spending package recently passed by lawmakers only includes $1.6 billion for border wall funding, and the bulk of that money must be used to fix existing parts of the wall, not for new construction.

"The United States is not going to militarize the southern border", Bush said at the time.

The president's tweets do not always lead to a new policy, but on Monday afternoon the White House announced Mr. Trump's new push for legislation to make it more hard to enter and stay in the United States illegally.

"We can not have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing, and by the way never showing up for court", he added, referring to "catch and release" immigration policies.

Trump also warned Mexico to halt the passage of about 1,100 migrants, many from Honduras, who had been marching in a caravan along roadsides and train tracks in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.


The "caravan" of mostly Central American migrants making its way through Mexico reportedly stopped Monday at a local park, as the marchers decide where and when to proceed.

"We have to change our policies, fast", he said.

The Posse Comitatus Act, passed after the Civil War, is the main federal law prohibiting the use of American service members in law enforcement, unless specifically authorized by Congress.

His tone has increased since a caravan of immigrants crossed the Mexican territory from Honduras to reach the border.

The migrants' 3,200-km journey from the Mexico-Guatemalan border is expected to end at the U.S. border.


Mexican officials intensified efforts to process the dwindling group and determine whether they had the right to stay in Mexico or be returned to their countries of origin. He recently posted on Twitter that Mexico is sending "caravans" of illegal migrants using U.S. "weak immigration policies". "It was more to achieve a sensible and clear solution" to migrants' need to leave their countries, said Irineo Mujica, director of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the activist group behind the annual symbolic event.

Officials in 2010 said up to 1,200 National Guard troops would be in place along the US-Mexico border for up to a year to assist US Customs and Border Protection with surveillance and intelligence gathering while the agency worked to hire additional staff. But it suggested it is not up to Mexico to keep people from going to the U.S.to apply for asylum.

Mexico said, however, "it is not the responsibility of this government to exercise immigration decisions of the United States or any other nation". Republicans insisted that Obama "secure the border" before they would vote to overhaul the immigration system.

"And when this caravan of people coming in, in this case, from Honduras". It is some 450 miles from the closest Central American country, Guatemala.


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