The president is threatening to send as many as 15,000 troops to guard the U.S.-Mexico border as a large group of migrants attempt to gain entry into the country.
The heavy-handed response would see three times the number of troops stationed in Iraq sent to the U.S.-Mexico border; it would also exceed the number of troops in Afghanistan.
It is unclear whether or not the troops at the border will be required to adhere to posse comitatus, which is a law which was passed after the Civil War and prohibits anyone from using the armed forces to uphold domestic laws.
Originally, the law was meant to keep federal troops from policing elections in former Confederate states.
Granting the military control over the border is a decision that toes the line of a posse comitatus violation,and would be a highly unusual way to leverage U.S. military forces.
When asked whether or not the troops would have to abide by the standard, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to give a clear answer.
This news comes as at least three more so-called caravans have formed and are moving slowly towards the U.S.
The first arrived in southern Mexico following violent confrontations at the Mexico-Guatemala border in which one Honduran man was killed.
“We are going through an unprecedented situation in the country. This is not a caravan like the media has reported. It’s an exodus of migrants. That is how the government sees it, and it is responding as such. There have been few migratory crises in the country such as what is happening now. There was the ’80s with Guatemalans, which was under different conditions—there was a war. Here we are talking about a humanitarian crisis.” — Alfonso Navarrete, Interior Minister of Mexico
Iron Triangle Press continues to follow the topics of immigration and border control.