Jul 18, 2019

Trump administration sending 2,100 more troops to southern border

U.S. soldiers at the southern border in April. Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration is sending more than 2,100 additional troops to the southern border, the Pentagon said in a statement Wednesday.

The big picture: 1,000 Texas National Guard and 1,100 active duty troops will be sent to the border, as President Trump's rule requiring immigrants to seek refuge in a 3rd country before applying for asylum in the U.S. comes into effect. The troops will join about 4,500 active duty and National Guard troops already at the border, per Reuters.

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Active troops monitor detained migrants in Texas

Detention center in Donna, Tex. in 2017. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

Active-duty troops are monitoring migrants from inside a Border Patrol holding facility in Donna, Texas, to perform welfare or "wellness" checks, NBC reports.

Why it matters: According to a congressman and a former defense official interviewed by NBC, these stationed troops are potentially in danger of violating the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the use of the military in civilian law enforcement.

Go deeperArrowJul 26, 2019

Supreme Court sides with admin to spend $2.5B from Pentagon for border wall

A US flag at the border wall next to Rio Grande on June 9, 2019. Photo: Herika Martinez/AP/Getty Images

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote on Friday that the Pentagon can redirect $2.5 billion to build President Trump's long-promised southern border wall.

The big picture: Trump wants roughly $8 billion to build a wall on U.S.-Mexico border, $3.6 billion of which he plans to access with emergency powers.

Go deeperArrowJul 26, 2019

Number of attempted border crossings drops below 100K

Border Patrol checks the arm of an immigrant from Guatemala. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

In July, the number of migrants arrested or turned away at the southwest border fell below 100,000 — to 82,049– for the first time in 5 months, according to new Homeland Security data.

The big picture: The significant drop in border activity comes as Mexico has cracked down on immigration enforcement following President Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods. Guatemala also recently signed a “safe third country“ agreement, which will force more asylum seekers to pursue protection in Guatemala instead of the U.S.

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