Wednesday evening, P resident Donald Trump said he will have to mobilize more of the military at the US border with Mexico after listening to stories about migrants crossing the border from people attending a Republican fundraiser.
“I’m going to have to call up more military,” President Trump said.
The President said some of the people crossing the border were ending up dead from the journey on Americans’ ranches. He interrupted his discussion with Republican donors to bring in reporters to listen to the stories about the border.
“Many, many dead people,” President Trump said, referring to the invading migrants who he said had died after making the journey. “Also they come in and raid their houses, and it’s very dangerous,” President Trump said, referring to locals affected by the influx of migrants.
There are currently about 5,000 active-duty and National Guard troops near the border, though that number fluctuates.
“We support our federal partners,” Pentagon spokesman Army Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis said when asked about Trump’s comments.
President has made immigration a signature issue of his presidency and of his re-election campaign. He declared a national emergency over the issue earlier this year in an effort to redirect funding from Congress to build a wall along the US southern border, and he is building The Wall.
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