The US military is deploying 250 “active duty troops” to Eagle Pass, Texas to block the approaching ‘migrant caravan’ from entering the United States, reports NBC News.
“Under the new directive, the troops will be moved from Arizona to Texas and — in a sign of the Pentagon’s frustrations — will not represent an increase in the overall number of U.S. troops assigned to the border mission,” writes NBC.
“We are extremely appreciative of the work that they do … but this is something that is unprecedented,” said Eagle Pass Mayor Ramsey English Cantu.
BLUE STATE REVOLT: Mass. Governor Cancels NATIONAL GUARD Deployment to Border
Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker rescinded his government’s deployment of National Guard troops to the US southern border Monday, saying his administration could no longer support the “inhumane treatment of children.”
The Governor’s decision comes hours after multiple news outlets slammed the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy towards illegal migrants crossing in the United States from Mexico.
“Governor Baker directed the National Guard not to send any assets or personnel to the Southwest border today because the federal government’s current actions are resulting in the inhumane treatment of children,” said the governor’s communications director.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions slammed the mainstream media’s reporting earlier Monday, saying the Trump administration “hates” separating children from their parents, but vowed to enforce pre-existing laws.
The President himself weighed-in on the issue this week, slamming “obstructionist Democrats” for preventing Congressional leaders from reaching a bipartisan agreement on immigration and border security.
It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018
BORDER CHAOS: California BANS TROOPS from Helping Border Patrol Agents
The government of California officially rebuked the Trump administration’s decision to deploy the National Guard to the southern border Monday; saying federal plans had their troops working “too closely” with immigration enforcement.
According to the Associated Press, state officials notified federal authorities that deployed soldiers will be prohibited from tackling duties seen as cracking down on illegal immigration: including fixing border patrol vehicles, operating surveillance cameras, and monitoring radio transmissions.
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown confirmed that he was willing to deploy upwards of 400 troops to the United States’ border with Mexico, but added the service members would be prohibited from aiding federal agents in stemming the flow of people across the border.
“This will not be a mission to build a new wall,” Brown wrote. “It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws.”