Trump renews threat to close Mexican border, send more troops
- Author: Jon Douglas Apr 25, 2019,
Apr 25, 2019, 0:33
Mexican soldiers reportedly pointed their weapons at USA troops during the encounter.
The president Wednesday went on to tweet, "Mexico's Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border". Better not happen again!' he warned.
'We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. More than 418,000 illegal aliens have been apprehended by Border Patrol and law enforcement this year despite little cooperation from Mexico.
The president's tweets come after several Mexican military personnel reportedly questioned U.S Army soldiers who were on patrol duty near the border in Texas.
American troops are already at the border, deployed to assist United States Customs and Border Protection in apprehending and processing illegal immigrants and asylum seekers who turn up along the U.S. -Mexico border. "We have hundreds upon hundreds incursions by the Mexican military into the USA, yet we have very few incursions by Border Patrol agents into Mexico".
The two US soldiers were traveling in an unmarked vehicle, according to a brief statement issued later on Wednesday by the Mexican foreign ministry, which added to the confusion. Trump said on Twitter on April 24.
"We are not going to fall for any provocation", he told reporters in Mexico City.
"The most important thing is to tell (Trump) we are not going to fight with the government of the United States".
Trump campaigned on a promise to secure the border, and while Democrats previously authorized funding for border security, they have adamantly refused to do so now.
Trump also said Wednesday that he's considering renewing his threat to close the border with Mexico to trade - a threat that got results just weeks ago, and forced Mexico to step up interdiction efforts and scale back on the number of migrant visas they issue to members of so-called "migrant caravans".
The Examiner cited an official's statement that the Pentagon is now investigating the incident, an investigation that "will help us modify any instructions that we're giving the troops" about how to deal with such situations in the future.
"How can you want to comply with this obligation if you don't at least ask this person, 'Hey, by the way, before we send you to Mexico, do you have a fear of returning there?'" Judge Paul Watford asked a Department of Justice attorney. "We can arrest them for assault", he said.
The 418,000 number refers to the number of apprehensions reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in this fiscal year, which began October 1.
Late last month, he threatened to close the southern border entirely, only to back down on the threat while carrying out a purge of top homeland officials while demanding a "tougher" immigration policy. Along the southwest border, there have been more than 414,000 apprehensions so far this year, compared with 396,579 last fiscal year.