(National Sentinel) Border Security: President Donald J. Trump is preparing to order National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico as he says the situation along the country’s southwest boundary is reaching “crisis” proportions.
“The situation at the border has now reached a point of crisis,” Trump said in a memorandum the White House released Wednesday night.
“The lawlessness that continues at our southern border is fundamentally incompatible with the safety, security, and sovereignty of the American people. My administration has no choice but to act,” he added.
The president noted further that national security was at risk from “drastic illegal activity” that included drug smuggling. In addition, Trump cited the threat of gangs crossing the border, including the notorious MS-13.
“The anticipated rapid rise in illegal crossings as we head into the spring and summer months threatens to overwhelm our Nation’s law enforcement capacities,” Trump wrote, as reported by Bloomberg Politics.
The memorandum did not say how many troops would be called to active duty or for how long. The president said he was directing Defense Secretary James Mattis, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to devise an “action plan” within 30 days.
Trump’s order follows a threat to the Mexican government that he would pull the U.S. out of the NAFTA agreement if it failed to do more to interdict illegal immigrant crossings from that country.
Nelson said the Guard troops would deploy in support of federal border and immigration authorities. She said they would be called up “under a law that provides federal financing for the guard units’ deployment costs but permits the state governor to retain control of the troops,” Bloomberg Politics noted.
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