A few things for people to know….
The border states have to foot the bill initially ….
I’m sure the Pentagon can find money to reimburse them…
The ‘Troops’ can’t actually patrol the border…They can only provide support to Border chops the law says….That means intel and construction tasks….
The number of people caught at the border is down….Way Down…..
Trump isn’t the first guy to do this…
President’s Bush II and Obama did the same thing….
Their border catches where 4 times more for Bush and almost double for Obama….
This dog believe’s this whole made for media effort is just a way for Donald Trump to try to get Congress to give him “wall’ money….
They, led by his parties Republicans leadership have balked at giving him taxpayer money…..
He wanted the Pentagan to pay for the wall but they won’t….
So it seems he’s just doing SOMETHING, eh?
The president can’t just send the military anywhere he wants in the country. The Posse Comitatus Act places strict restrictions on the use of the military within the US. Specifically, as Steve Vladeck of the University of Texas told Vox’s Alex Ward, it “requires specific congressional authorization before the president can use the military in a domestic law enforcement capacity.”
But the National Guard isn’t covered by the Posse Comitatus Act when it’s acting in “State Active Duty” capacity — that is, when it’s being called up by a governor.
Administration officials haven’t said for sure that this is the option they’re taking. Secretary Nielsen said that they were consulting with governors on deployment, but a senior administration official emphasized that “lots of different options are available in terms of lawful and appropriate ways to utilize the National Guard.” But going through the states is the most cut-and-dried option, because it’s the one that’s been done twice over the last dozen years.
Both of Trump’s predecessors got state governors to mobilize National Guard troops at the border, as Vox’s Tara Golshan has explained. George W. Bush called National Guard troops to the border in May 2006, and Barack Obama mobilized 1,200 National Guard troops for border enforcement in May 2010. (In 2014, Texas Gov. Rick Perry mobilized 1,000 National Guard members to the border to help process unaccompanied children from Central America entering the US.)
National Guard troops aren’t sent to the border to literally fight off immigrants — that’s still illegal. They’re not even sent to the border to catch immigrants; only Border Patrol agents are authorized to do that. So during previous mobilizations, the National Guard has done a mix of surveillance and intelligence work to help Border Patrol agents track down immigrants, and support work to help process those immigrants once they’re apprehended….