(National Sentinel) Commander-in-Chief: Stung by reports that Mexican officials are not doing enough to interdict more than 1,000 mostly Honduran migrants heading through its territory en route to the U.S. border, President Donald J. Trump vowed to deploy the U.S. military to seal off 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. “We cannot have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing, and by the way never showing up for court.”
Trump’s comments appear to have been directed at an Obama-era policy known as “catch and release,” which critics say only encouraged more people to try to cross into the U.S. illegally since there was no penalty.
In his comments, the strongest indication to date that the president is prepared to use his authority as commander-in-chief to protect U.S. borders, Trump also said he had been talking with Defense Secretary James Mattis about use of the military along the border.
Such a move would not be unprecedented. President George W. Bush ordered National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist civilian border patrol agents with their duties. The troops, under an 1878 law known as Posse Comitatus, cannot perform law enforcement functions. They were on the ground merely to assist in surveillance, security, and reconnaissance roles.
As reported by The Washington Times, Trump said he was not “irritated by the caravan” but “saddened” by it.
“If it reaches our border, our laws are so weak and so pathetic … it’s like we have no border,” he said, once again calling on Congress to pass stricter border security and immigration laws.
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