“We have horrible, horrible and very unsafe laws in the United States,” Trump said, according to the New York Times. “We are preparing for the military to secure our border between Mexico and the United States.
This week, Trump picked up on conservative media talking points about a caravan of Honduran immigrants moving through South America on their way to the U.S. border. Holding strong to the story, Trump took to Twitter, threatening to cut off the North American Free Trade Agreement if the caravan was not “stopped. “Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!”
But even as Mexican authorities stopped the Honduran immigrants from moving further north, Trump used yesterday’s public meeting to once again call for action on the Mexico crossing, this time suggesting that military forces could soon occupy the southern border.
“We have very bad laws for our border, and we are going to be doing some things – I’ve been speaking with General Mattis – we’re going to be doing things militarily,” Mr. Trump said Tuesday morning, according to the Times. “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military. We really haven’t done that before, or certainly not very much before. “
In fact, Trump would not be the first president to deploy the National Guard to serve as extra security. In 2010, President Obama sent over 1,000 soldiers to the border, while President George W. Bush employed 6,000 soldiers in a similar capacity in 2006.
Like much of Trump’s anti-immigration posturing, it is still unclear if he will actually follow through on the militarized border promise.