Trump Announces Plan for US Military to Guard Mexican Border “Until We Can Have a Wall”

(From The Guardian)

Donald Trump announced plans on Tuesday for the US military to guard the border with Mexico until his long-promised border wall is built.

Speaking at a lunch with Baltic leaders on Tuesday, the president said he has been discussing the idea with his defense secretary, Jim Mattis.

“We’re going to be doing things militarily,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step. We really haven’t done that before, or certainly not very much before.”

It would not be first time the military has been deployed at the border. In 2006, under Operation Jump Start, 6,000 troops were sent there in an effort to increase security and surveillance.

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