The military will be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent a caravan of thousands from entering the United States, announced President Trump on Tuesday.
â€œWe are going to be guarding our border with our military. Thatâ€™s a big step,â€ Trump told reporters at the White House.
â€œWe cannot have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing, and by the way never showing up for court.â€
Media aggregator Matt Drudge sounded his iconic â€œDrudge Alarmâ€ in reaction to Trumpâ€™s bold announcement.
The caravan is comprised mostly of Hondurans led by far-left political outreach groupÂ Pueblo sin Fronteras, or â€œPeoples Without Borders,â€ who vow â€œto provide shelter and safety to migrants and refugees in transit, accompany them in their journey, and together demand respect for our human rights.â€
The group released aÂ list of demandsÂ on Monday for the U.S. and Mexican governments to adhere to, which include that the U.S. â€œopen the borders to us because we are as much citizens as the people of the countries where we are and/or travel.â€
Hours before his announcement, Trump warned that Congress must act to legislate laws that strengthen the U.S. border with Mexico.
â€œThe big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our â€˜Weak Lawsâ€™ Border, had better be stopped before it gets there,â€ he tweeted. â€œCash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!â€
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â€” Jacob Palmieri (@jakepalmieri) April 3, 2018