President Donald Trump says the reason there is no deal on DACA is because of Democrats, then as a reaction to not getting the funding he wants for the wall he announced he will be deploying the National Guard to the border.
“It’s hard to say what he’s thinking,” Larry Levi Sandigo with American Immigration Lawyers Association says. “Several things come to mind. One, it was President Trump who ended the DACA program in September, not Democrats. Democrats did in one particular plan offer to fund the border wall, but because it didn’t include everything he wanted he threatened to veto and not sign it.”
Trump spoke about the caravans coming up through Mexico, which Sandigo explains further. The group called Communities Without Borders are coming up through Central America as they escape war torn countries like Honduras and Guatemala.
“The Mexican government has said they will offer protection to these Central American migrants who qualify for it,” Sandigo says. “They have also said they won’t do it due to any outside pressure, i.e. in response to President Trump’s tweets. It’s hard to say what’s actually happening on the ground whether Mexico will honor its agreement under international law to provide refuge and to process all these applications in a humane way.”
Sandigo says it would be dangerous to militarize the border. There are many unanswered questions like how long troops will be there for and what their exact purpose would be.
“It has been done in the past [by previous presidents], but it was more of a drug situation,” Sandigo says. “It was more of a response to direct violence rather than lashing out because something didn’t go his way.”