President Donald Trump has pledged to send military forces to America’s border with Mexico ‘until we can have a wall’.
The promise to deploy military guards followed discussions with the Defence Secretary, Jim Mattis. These were triggered by reports of a number of Honduran migrants heading towards the southern border in order to escape gang-ridden Central America.
“We’re going to be doing things militarily,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
“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. We really haven’t done that before, or certainly not very much before.”
Both of the President’s predecessors deployed US military to the Mexican border.
Trump took to twitter to complain about the nation’s ‘weak’ immigration laws.
“The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our ‘Weak Laws’ Border, had better be stopped before it gets there,” he tweeted. “Congress must ACT NOW”.
Trump used the word caravan after hearing it be reported as such on Fox News, and has used the potential influx of up to 1500 people to publicly criticise the Democrats, US immigration laws, the Mexican government and NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement). The President said that border control will be a key factor in upcoming trade negotiations with Mexico and Canada.
He also threatened to cut US aid to Honduras unless it prevented its people from leaving the country in such high numbers.