White House: National Guard Will Assist at Southern Border

Donald Trump’s promise to use the military is taking shape in official plans to use the National Guard.

The National Guard will assist in securing the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Donald Trump said he would use the military to stop illegal immigration and this is a step toward making that happen.

The President believes that the Southern border is a place of increasing lawlessness. He mentioned MS-13 and drug-trafficking in his memorandum. But if illegal immigration is, by itself, lawless, then he could have mentioned others. The entire Democrat Party, the mainstream media, and the current regime ruling California, have encouraged, if not aided, illegal immigration. Thus, they are encouraging lawlessness.

Trump is giving his team thirty days to come up with directions for how the National Guard will carry out their mission to protect the border.

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Bloomberg reports, “Trump Sending National Guard to Mexican Border.

President Donald Trump is sending National Guard forces to assist border authorities along the U.S.-Mexico boundary, according to a presidential memorandum that the White House released Wednesday night.

“The situation at the border has now reached a point of crisis,” Trump said in the memorandum. “The lawlessness that continues at our southern border is fundamentally incompatible with the safety, security, and sovereignty of the American people. My administration has no choice but to act.”

The president said that the nation’s security was under threat from “drastic illegal activity,” including drug smuggling. He also cited the threat of gangs, included MS-13. “The anticipated rapid rise in illegal crossings as we head into the spring and summer months threatens to overwhelm our Nation’s law enforcement capacities,” Trump wrote.

The memorandum did not say how many National Guard troops would be sent to the border or for how long. Trump said he was directing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, in coordination with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to come up with “an action plan” within 30 days.

The move followed Trump’s warning Tuesday to Mexican leaders that he would abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement without assurances of help on securing the border. Nielsen said earlier Wednesday that her department saw dangerous levels of illegal immigration and drug-trafficking across the border.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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