Perhaps prompted by the massive 1,500-strong throng of migrants making their way through Mexico, the Trump administration announced yesterday that National Guard troops will be deployed immediately to the Mexican border.
The other issue is that Congress has refused to deal with the so-called ‘catch and release’ policy from the previous administration as well as an inability to fully fund the border wall.
So Trump’s DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen detailed that these troops will be deployed in similar fashion to those under George W. Bush in order to fill the gaping holes in the border and to back up the US Border Patrol.
So in short, President Trump “has a pen and cellphone” and is willing to use them.
Here’s more from Hotair…
No word yet on how many or for how long, but WaPo cites a source who says the operation will continue until Congress ends “catch and release” for illegals detained in the U.S.
So in other words, it’ll continue forever.
There was some question yesterday as to what Trump has in mind. Was he talking National Guard or regular military, which would potentially create a problem under the Posse Comitatus Act? Is he contemplating a presence much larger than Dubya’s deployment of several thousand troops more than a decade ago? “We’re going to be guarding our border with the military,” he said yesterday during a White House photo op, and “we really haven’t done that before.” That suggested something novel to come. When reporters pressed Kirstjen Nielsen about it today, though, she said no, this’ll be in line with what Bush and Obama did. It’ll be “strong” but familiar. Via the IJR: