The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is “ready” to “prevent” any illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border as about 2,000 Central American immigrants traveled to the southern border in the latest caravan, seeking to cross into Texas.
“Illegal entry will not be tolerated and we stand ready to prevent it,” DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.
According to the DHS, they’ve been working with the Departments of State, Justice, and Defense to “ensure all possible resources are available to address this lawless caravan” and to “ensure the safety and security of law enforcement personnel on the frontlines.”
The DHS called on Congress for a solution, while slamming Congress on the “inexcusable failure” of providing funds for a barrier along the southern border, as well as calling for a fix to “outdated laws that act as an enormous magnet for illegal aliens.”
“This crisis won’t be solved until we have comprehensive border security. Until then, DHS will do everything in its power — with the assistance of federal and state partners — to hold smugglers and traffickers accountable, enforce our laws, and keep American communities safe.”
On Sunday, the U.S. Department of Defense announced they were sending 3,750 service members to the southwest border to help Customs and Border Protection agents, as IJR News reported.
According to the Washington Examiner, Mexico is also taking up efforts to block immigrants from entering the U.S. illegally as they deployed hundreds of federal police officers to the border. Additionally, the state’s governor plans to deport any immigrants who illegally come into Mexico on their way to the United States.
President Donald Trump also indicated he would do anything it takes to stop people coming through the southern border illegally.
“We will build a Human Wall if necessary,” he wrote. “If we had a real wall, this would be a non-event!”
Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border. We have sent additional military. We will build a Human Wall if necessary. If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2019
As February 15 inches closer, which will end the short-term funding for part of the government, President Trump will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday where he likely push for Democrats to back his proposed $5.7 billion in wall funds.