Wednesday the US President Donald Trump promised to send “armed soldiers” to the southern border so they defend it from another caravan of migrants from Mexico.
Trump posted on his Twitter “A very big caravan of over 20,000 people started up through Mexico. It has been reduced in size by Mexico but is still coming. Mexico must apprehend the remainder or we will be forced to close that section of the Border & call up the Military.” An hour later the president added “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! We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!”
About 5,000 National Guard troops are currently at the border and some of them are already armed; therefore what is meant by “armed soldiers” is open for interpretation. According to some US officials, a request for additional troops from the Department of Homeland Security is expected in the coming days.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the incident mentioned in Trump’s tweet would be thoroughly investigated, and added that “we’re not going to fight with the US government. We are not going to allow ourselves to fall into any provocations.”
According to the US Customs and Border Protection only in March more than 100,000 people along the Mexican border were denied entry to or arrested. Trump threatened to close the border which made Mexico put an effort and return 15,000 migrants in 30 days. Yet, Civil Rights groups claim that it violates US obligations not to send asylum seekers back where they may face fears of persecution.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website