What Trump's Border Troops Can't Do

What Trump's Border Troops Can't Do

"President Trump was right, we need to build a wall", McMaster said.

First, the governor is using the federal funds to bolster an existing program that seeks to combat transnational crime - such as gangs, human traffickers, and illegal gun and drug smugglers.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he will send a thousand National Guard Troops to help President Trump secure the border.

"But let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission".

Second, they won't enforce immigration laws, make any immigration arrests, participate in any border wall construction, or be employed in a direct law enforcement role. "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws".

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The only holdout border state was California, led by Democratic Gov.

In a letter to federal authorities, Brown said the National Guard troops would be added "statewide", so it was unclear exactly how many of those 400 troops would actually be sent to the border. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. But in California, the federal request for troops is still being reviewed. Trump had proposed some 4000 troops to augment the border force already guarding the border.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office talked about that larger than 80 troops would deploy later this week. President George W. Bush sent 6,000 in 2006. The April 6 statement said they recognize the right of nations to control and secure their borders and to respect the rule of law but it also pointed out that current USA law allows those who arrive in this country fleeing persecution to "due process as their claims are reviewed".

Despite Trump's repeated warnings about rampant illegal immigration, the number of people apprehended crossing the border - generally considered a roughly accurate gauge of illegal crossings - has fallen sharply in recent years and is now at the lowest ebb since 1971, about one-fifth the level of the late 1990s, according to Border Patrol data.

"President Trump: If you wish to reach agreements with Mexico, we stand ready", Pena Nieto said April 5 in a national address. Organizers talked about they not at all meant to go to the USA border.

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