President Trump Is Putting National Guard ‘Wall Of Meat’ On Southern Border Until Congress Does Its Job
President Trump Is Putting National Guard ‘Wall Of Meat’ On Southern Border Until Congress Does Its Job By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine
– If California Refuses To Cooperate, The President Should Wall Off The State
While President Trump has been laying the foundation for turning border control into a national security issue versus an illegal immigration issue, from specific mentions of the much talked about “Wall” being a matter of national defense, to his tweets and commentary about using the military, on April 4, 2018, the Department of Defense (DoD) along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put out a news release saying “President Donald J. Trump has directed the Defense and Homeland Security departments to work with state governors to deploy National Guard troops to the southern U.S. border.”
That was immediately followed up by the Department of Justice (DOJ) issuing a “Statement by Attorney General Sessions on National Guard Deployment,” which stated the following:
“Earlier this week, media outlets reported that a so-called ‘migrant caravan’ was making its way through Mexico with the intent of illegally crossing the southern border of the United States. The President was clear that this caravan needed to be stopped before it arrived at our southern border, and his efforts now appear to be successful. But let me be clear as well: we will not accept the lawlessness of these types of efforts and those who choose to violate our laws, and those who conspire to assist others to violate our laws, will face criminal prosecution.
“When I visited Nogales, Arizona, in April 2017, I announced my direction to federal prosecutors to prioritize the prosecution of all illegal entry, illegal reentry, and alien smuggling offenses. We have surged hundreds of immigration judges to our border over the last year. We hired new judges at the fastest pace ever. We added performance metrics to ensure that these cases aren’t languishing in the courts while illegal aliens spend years living in our country without consequences. We will have a more efficient and effective immigration court system that supplies due process. As such, aliens who enter our country illegally should be aware that the government will use any and all lawful tools, including expedited removal and prompt immigration proceedings, to ensure that our immigration courts will not be burdened with cases that lack merit under the law.
“But this will not be enough if Congress does not act to pass clear, fair, and effective legislation that ends the illegality and creates a system that serves the national interest is crucial at this time. It is essential for Congress to act.
“The Department of Justice fully supports the efforts of the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security announced today to secure our border. I will soon be announcing additional Department of Justice initiatives to restore legality to the southern border.”
Also on April 4, 2018, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, the subject of which was “Securing the Southern Border of the United States,” which consisted of six bullet points offering the justification and citing previous precedent for using the National Guard to help protect the border from both the Bush and Obama administrations. One of those bullet points states directly that “The situation at the border has now reached a point of crisis.”
Read the Presidential Proclamation at the White House website. Also at the WH website “What You Need to Know About the President’s Authorization for the National Guard to Deploy to the Southern Border.”
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen started her statement to the press by saying “Border security is homeland security which is national security.”
Below is Nielsen’s entire opening statement and the full question and answer session which followed.
WHAT WILL THE NATIONAL GUARD BE DOING?
Working in conjunction and cooperation with Governors of the border states will determine the exact nature of the duties the National Guard will be assigned. In some cases it is believed to be support duties, such as aerial support, technology, surveillance, and as Ms. Nielsen indicated during the presser shown above, in some cases they will ask for fleet mechanics. In other words the national guard will take over some duties that would allow actual border agents and trained law enforcement agents to do their jobs.
We have seen multiple reports claiming the National Guard would not be armed, but according to the Pentagon, it has not been determined, how many, if any, will be armed because they are in the early stages of planning and determining each mission set.