Donald Trump just said that he might deploy 15,000 service members near the U.S. southern border in order to stop a “caravan” of immigrants from coming into the country to seek asylum and a better life.
“As far as the caravan is concerned, our military is out. We have about 5,000. We’ll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Patrol, [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and everybody else at the border,” said the racist president to reporters outside the White House.
Trump vowed that America would not let people from the caravan cross the border, even though a lot of them say they plan to apply for asylum at legal entry points, which is permitted under U.S. law.
“Nobody is coming in. We’re not allowing people to come in,” Trump said.
Trump’s latest hateful announcement comes just two days after he unnecessarily sent 5,200 active-duty personnel over to the border to help Border Patrol in their response to the shrinking caravan, which remains hundreds of miles away from America.
Many Republicans pushed back at Donald Trump’s lie on Tuesday that he can end birthright citizenship with just an executive order, but the tyrant president doubled down Wednesday and used former President Obama’s executive actions on immigration as an example to make his flawed argument. He referenced the Dreamer program, which allows immigrants brought here as children to live and work in America. Keep in mind that Obama’s executive order didn’t violate the Constitution or strip away a key protection for Americans, like Trump is planning to do.
“If President Obama can get DACA approved — if you look at DACA — where he actually said, ‘Well, this isn’t legal or this I can’t do but I’ll do it anyway,’ and then he gets a judge to approve it, and it’ll ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court, I hope quickly. But certainly if he can do DACA, we can do this by executive order,” Donald Trump said.
Trump lied that he is “not fear-mongering” in regards to immigration, even as he lied and accused Democrats of letting up to 30 million undocumented immigrants into America.
The U.S. government estimates that less than half that number (about 12.1 million) are living in the U.S. Once again, Donald Trump was lying.