Since pro-illegal immigration Democrats wouldn’t budge on funding for a full wall (yet), President Donald Trump turned up the heat and made an executive decision that’ll give the left an utter stroke — he’s ordering southern Governors to deploy National Guard troops to secure the border.
And we couldn’t be happier!
President Trump will sign a proclamation Wednesday for the deployment of National Guard troops along the southern border with Mexico in a bid to cut down on illegal immigration.
Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said Trump’s order would direct her department and the Pentagon to work with governors of the states along the southwestern border.
Nielsen said the aim was to deploy the National Guard troops as quickly as possible. Asked how many troops would be involved, Nielsen declined to give a number, saying, “As many as is needed to fill the gaps today.”
Trump indicated Tuesday that he wanted the troops to secure the border.
“We’re going to do some things militarily,” Trump said. “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,” Trump continued, “we really haven’t done that before, or certainly not very much before.”
However, the move actually has many precedents. Every president since Ronald Reagan has called on the National Guard for limited, temporary missions along the frontier.
The troops have been used primarily for activities such as surveillance. They are forbidden from civilian police actions, such as detaining suspects and using force, under a law first signed by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.
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