President Trump surprises military with plan to put troops on border

UPDATE 04/04/2018: President Trump signed a proclamation to officially send U.S. National Guard troops to the border on Wednesday.

President Trump continued his hard-line stance on immigration Tuesday, announcing plans to send U.S. military troops to act as guards at the nation’s southern border. He says it is a move that would remain in place until his long-promised border wall is complete.

“We have very bad laws for our border and we are going to be doing some things,” President Trump said during a meeting with leaders from the Baltic state. “I spoke with Mattis, we’re going to do some things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step.”

The announcement seemed to catch even some of the president’s own aides off guard. However those most surprised by Mr. Trump’s announcement to place military troops at the US-Mexican border, was the military itself. Multiple officials told ABC News on Tuesday they had not received any proposals to place troops on the border, only that President Trump was recently told he had the authority to deploy National Guard troops.

However, the President’s plan to stop immigrants from entering the United States by illegal border crossing has some legal hurdles of its own.

Federal Law states the military can not enforce the law on U.S. soil, unless it is approved by Congress.

KXLY Nightside wanted to find out what viewers thought of President Trump’s plan to send troops to guard the border, so the question was posted as a live poll on Tuesday night on the KXLY 4 Facebook page. President Trump surprises military with plan to put troops on borderOver 70% of participants agreed with the President’s proposal.

While the plan still faces many challenges, President Trump said he will soon meet with Defense Secretary, Gen. James Mattis for further discussion.