Trump wants military to secure border with Mexico until wall is built

President Trump holds a law enforcement roundtable

President Trump holds a law enforcement roundtable

Mr. Trump said he will send US military personnel to the southern border, anticipating a "caravan" of thousands of people coming from Central American countries through Mexico.

"We have very bad laws for our border, and we are going to be doing some things - I've been speaking with General Mattis - we're going to be doing things militarily", Mr. Trump said at the White House, seated beside the defense secretary at a meeting with visiting leaders of Baltic nations.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the US military will be used to guard the US-Mexico border. The $1.3 trillion spending package recently passed by lawmakers only includes $1.6 billion for border wall funding, and the bulk of that money must be used to fix existing parts of the wall, not for new construction.

"The caravan which is over 1,000 people coming in from Honduras thought they were just going to walk through Mexico and right through the border", Trump said. He's previously suggested using the Pentagon's budget to pay for building the wall, arguing it is a national security priority, despite strict rules that prohibit spending that's not authorized by Congress.

Trump inveighed against the group, against what he perceived as Mexico's failure to stop them, and against what he sees as weak U.S. immigration policy that has led to such migration.

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Trump sent his tweet on the fourth day of his vacation in Palm Beach, Florida, where he has been staying at his private Mar-a-Lago Club with a small coterie of aides.

Mexico's top presidential candidates launched their campaigns Sunday by attacking Trump, with the leftist front-runner saying his country is done being the U.S. president's "pinata".

The caravan, which is an annual event organized by the migrant assistance group Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) and created to raise awareness about the dangers migrants face, became a fixation for Trump after Fox News covered it on Sunday.

A woman protests near the border wall prototypes in San Diego, the United States, on March 13, 2018.

The President has accused Democrats of allowing "open borders, drugs and crime" and warned Mexico to halt "caravans" of migrants or he could abandon a free trade agreement between the two countries and Canada.

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The "Stations of the Cross" caravans have been held annually in southern Mexico for about 10 years.

But the caravan of largely Central American migrants had never meant to reach the USA border, according to organizer Irineo Mujica. This is not new as "caravans of immigrants" have become an annual event meant to showcase the Central American refugee crisis.

A US border patrol agent looks over the Rio Grande at the border between United States and Mexico in May 2017.

Presidents Obama and George W. Bush both deployed National Guard troops at the border to help stop illegal immigration. Republicans insisted that Obama "secure the border" before they would vote to overhaul the immigration system. "Pretty much everybody agrees to that, except very stupid people".

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