Trump Vows to Send Troops to Protect Southern Border

President Trump brought up the issues of trade and immigration during a press conference with leaders from the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia) Tuesday morning. On immigration, Trump repeated his calls for better immigration policies and also introduced a new strategy: sending the military to the southern border.

“President Trump said Tuesday that he plans to deploy U.S. troops along the southern border to prevent illegal crossings ‘until we can have a wall.’

“‘Until we can have a wall and proper security, we are going to be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step,'” Trump told reporters at the White House,” according to a report in The Hill.

In his comments, Trump referenced a current “caravan” of Central American migrants on the move north as a part of a huge PR stunt on the part of Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders). Trump also said that the caravan of migrants was at this time breaking up due to action on the part of the Mexican government.

Trump also blamed Democrats for failing to allocate adequate funding for the construction of a border wall, aside from $1.6 billion just for repairs and initial work.

“It’s sad even for both sides. It’s sad for the people in the caravan and it’s sad for the people of the United States. It’s really sad that we don’t have laws that say we have a border, and if you don’t do it legally, you can’t come into the United States. To me, that’s a very sad thing for the people of the United States,” he concluded.

His full comments in front of reporters can be viewed here: