When Trump was running for the presidency back in 2016, he made it clear that he would put a wall on the US-Mexico border. This has gained a massive backlash but it didn’t affect him in a bad way since he won. Now that he is the president of one of the most powerful countries in the world, he is starting to put this plan into action.
A few weeks ago, White House officials revealed that the president wants the Pentagon to pay for the wall. When he proposed this idea in 2016, he stated that the Mexicans should be the one to pay for the wall, then a year later, he said that the taxpayers in the US should pay for the border wall. It is still not certain whether when the wall will be built as well as to who will actually pay for the wall, but one thing is certain, it is going to happen anytime soon. In fact, he ordered the National Guard to go to the southern border immediately, continue reading to find out more about it.
Trump taking a huge step on plans for the border wall
Trump’s Proclamation Decree on National Guard Deployment
According to a senior White House official, last Wednesday night, United States President Donald Trump signed a proclamation that orders the National Guard to be at the southern border right away. One of the reasons why this happened is to take control of the criminal activities and people getting into the country illegally.
During the press conference at the White House, Kristen Nielsen, who is the Homeland Security secretary said that the administration actually hoped that the deployment of the National Guard to the southern border must be done immediately. She described how the administration is doing their best to be able to stop illegal drug transactions, unacceptable gang activities, and illegal immigration.
This then led to Trump ordering the Department of Defense as well as the Department of Homeland Security to join forces in other to assist the National Guards that will be on the border. The reason for his proclamation has been told but Trump nor any other official who is involved have yet to tell what exactly will the National Guards be doing on the border except to guard it and how many of them will be there.
The last time this happened was during the reign of former president George W. Bush as well as Obama’s, and it cost them $415 million give or take. Arizona has already sent 338 National Guard troops into the border. According to Gov. Doug Ducey, these troops that he sent will actually give “air support, operational support, reconnaissance support and more”. 150 of the Texas National Guards were also sent but it is uncertain whether how many of them will actually be there. Jim Mattis, who is the Defense Secretary said that it is ideal to have 4,000 troops in the border.
We are sealing up our Southern Border. The people of our great country want Safety and Security. The Dems have been a disaster on this very important issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2018
The Department of Homeland Security secretary also said that it is becoming out of contorting how much aliens are actually getting into the US territory from Central America illegally. She said that traffickers, as well as smugglers, are actually using the border to since they know that illegal immigrants cannot be easily removed from the premises, which then leads to more than 300,000 people being illegally immigrated in the country. The Trump administration is currently working on asking the Congress to make a legal authorization for this particular issue.
Arizona and Texas already sent troops to the southern border
Guarding The Wall
Based on the recent report by the Associated Press, the White House was said to be considering on doing what Bush did, wherein more than 6,000 troops from the National Guard were sent to the border and help the border patrol. Aside from that, there are also training that was provided for the non-law enforcement people who were hired. Trump threatens that he will end the North American Free Trade Agreement if this illegal immigration does not stop immediately, that would mean that he would cut foreign aid to some countries in South America.
According to General Jeff Sessions, the president will not stop until there are still those illegal immigrants who have been violating their laws as well as those who are helping others violate the laws. He said that these people must be prosecuted and that he will soon send assistance from the Department of Justice.
Trump signed a proclamation to send National Guard to the southern border