When President Trump was elected in 2016, one of his most popular campaign promises was building a wall at the United States/Mexico Border. His controversial plan was ridiculed by many when he proposed that Mexico would pay for the wall. As we all know by now, Mexico is not paying for the wall. Instead, Trump has a new plan.
On Tuesday, Trump had seemingly had enough of illegal immigrants coming into the country. He announced that he intends to send military troops to the border to mitigate the influx of illegal aliens coming into America.
According to Politico, the troops will reportedly only be present until the wall is fully built. “We are going to be guarding our border with our military. That’s a big step,” Trump said at the White House. “We cannot have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing and, by the way, never showing up for court.”
Again, there has been no firm date on when the wall will be built. We have seen prospective prototypes but have yet to see any tangible evidence that the wall will ever be built.
“I told Mexico, and I respect what they did, I said, look, your laws are very powerful, your laws are very strong. We have very bad laws for our border and we are going to be doing some things, I spoke with (Defense Secretary James) Mattis, we’re going to do some things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step,” he said in the same meeting.
The Department of Homeland Security clarified that there have been discussions of putting armed troops at the border, but they have not received a go-ahead to follow through with the president’s purposed plan.
The president’s remarks come days after the White House took a harsh stance on illegal immigrants. According to CNN, this isn’t the first time a president has talked about sending troops to the border.
In 2006, President Bush broached the idea of sending National Guard troops to the border under the monarch “Operation Jump Start.”