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Donald Trump wants military to secure Mexico border until wall is built

04 April 2018

President Donald Trump stepped up his tough talk on immigration on Tuesday, saying he wants to deploy USA military forces to stop illegal immigrants at the border with Mexico until a long-promised wall is completed and "proper security" is in place. Additionally, the leaders expressed concern over Russian Federation.

"We need to have a wall that's about 700-800 miles" of the border, he said.

Trump defended his embrace of Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, saying good relations were important but claiming no one had been tougher on Russian Federation.

The department also said Mexico is not responsible for stopping people from going to the United States to apply for asylum.

Pruitt is facing ethical questions over his travel spending and ties to Washington lobbyists.

The President says it would be a big step, but gave no further details on when or how it would work.

"We are going to be doing things militarily".

In general, the USA military isn't allowed to do civilian law enforcement's job for it. Barack Obama also deployed National Guard troops to guard the border in 2010. The only way that can be allowed is by a special congressional authorization. From 2006 to 2008, at most 6,000 National Guard members aided border patrol efforts.

Hundreds of Central Americans attend a mass before they begin a Via Crucis on Palm Sunday from the southern state of Mexico to the center and north of the country demanding respect for their human rights asylum and reports of violence in their countries
Donald Trump wants military to secure Mexico border until wall is built

That's because the Posse Comitatus Act prohibits the USA military from conducting law enforcement duties in the United States. Over two years, about 29,000 National Guard forces participated, as forces rotated in and out.

Active duty USA troops weren't used for the operation because legal prohibitions.

So, until he can get the wall funded (after Mexico has refused to pay for it, he's now trying to get Congress to cough up the dough) he's having armed soldiers patrol the entire border. Likewise, he would have proposed the idea to Mattis, but according to CNBC, two Democratic Senators refuted the idea arguing that "the Pentagon has no legal authority to use appropriated funds for Trump's border wall project".

Lawmakers and advocacy groups immediately called the new proposal-which is reportedly favored by White House senior advisor Stephen Miller-as a "beyond disturbing" addition to Trump's already expansive anti-immigrant agenda.

About 100 of those Guardsmen remain on the border, Texas National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Travis Walters said Tuesday. The troops did not undertake any police or law enforcement activities, which they are barred from doing by the Posse Comitatus law.

The president has complained that a spending bill, which was passed last month, lacks sufficient funding for the border wall. And much of that money can be used only to fix existing segments, not to build new sections.

The administration also points to a settlement of a class-action lawsuit in 1997 that established standards for detention, treatment and release of children who cross the border alone. Under current law, unaccompanied children from countries that don't border the USA are turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services and undergo often lengthy deportation proceedings before an immigration judge instead of being immediately deported. Most will not show up at their hearing. And this is from years ago; they still haven't recovered. Trump praised a quick response from Mexico, who he said was acting to ensure it is "all being broken up". The caravan was meant to end at a migrant's right symposium in central Mexico later this week.

"But it has become an easy ticket to illegal entry into the United States". He said if the "caravan" reaches the USA border "our laws are so weak and so pathetic.it's like we have no border".

Donald Trump wants military to secure Mexico border until wall is built