President Trump on Tuesday said U.S. military forces will take over security operations along the Mexican border after slamming American laws and bitterly complaining about the lack of progress on his long-promised border wall with Mexico.
Speaking during a visit with Baltic leaders, Trump said he's been discussing the idea with his Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis. Trump proposed WH summit to Putin in March: Kremlin Yury Ushakov, Vladimir Putin's top foreign policy aide, said on Monday that Trump had proposed a White House summit when he called the Russian president in March, before expelling Russian diplomats.
Trump begrudgingly signed a spending bill last month that provided far less money for the wall than he wanted.
Trump also declared protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants "dead", claimed the USA has "no effective border laws" and warned Mexico to halt the passage of "caravans" of illegal immigrants or risk retribution. He also alluded to his threat to kill off the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, saying "NAFTA's been a awful deal for the United States".
"Mexico & Canada have tough immigration laws, whereas ours are an Obama joke".
About 1,100 migrants, many from Honduras, have been marching along roadsides and train tracks in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
He also railed against the US Congress for not tightening laws on immigrants, and against Democrats for stalling the border wall he promised to build during his campaign.More news: French rail workers begin major strike action over Macron's reform efforts
The caravan has been organized each of the past five years by the organization Pueblo Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, to support migrants who say they are fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua because of poverty and threats from criminal gangs.
An analysis by KXAN local news in 2016 found that most border arrests by state troopers were for drunk-driving and minor drug violations, not the smuggling of people or drugs. "But we will see what happens. It is unmanageable", Mujica said. Mexican immigration officials moved to break up the group on Monday, but Trump again commented on the caravan's movement on Tuesday.
The Posse Comitatus Act, passed after the Civil War, is the main federal law prohibiting the use of American service members in law enforcement, unless specifically authorized by Congress. It was meant to end at a migrants' rights symposium in central Mexico later this week. Two caravans traveled north previous year and others have made similar trips since 2010. Mexico has said such "caravans" of mostly Central Americans, including many escaping violence in Honduras, have occurred since 2010. Alex Mensing, one of the organizers of the caravan, disputed that characterization. He recently posted on Twitter that Mexico is sending "caravans" of illegal migrants using United States "weak immigration policies".
Trump said he thought Mexico was having some success in stopping the caravan. "Under no circumstances does the Mexican government promote irregular migration", the Interior Ministry statement said. "Only time will tell", he said.
Individuals in the caravans often try to reach the US border, but usually not as part of the caravan.
Active duty USA troops were not used for the operation because there are prohibitions on using so-called Title 10 troops for law enforcement and similar duties within the United States.