The President is sending additional troops to the United States-Mexico border, and they will be armed he says.
After a situation over the weekend which saw Mexican Troops pull their weapons on American troops and order them out of their vehicle while on the United States side of the border.
The two U.S. Military personnel were held at gunpoint on the U.S. Side of the border.
“Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the border. Better not happen again! We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!”
Currently the United States has around 5,000 troops deployed at the southern border, including 3,000 active-duty and 2,100 National Guard troops.
The Military cannot engage in domestic law enforcement unless authorized by the Congress, but it can protect and use lethal force in defense of the border agents.
The incident with Mexican soldiers occurred on April 13, when “five to six Mexican military personnel questioned two U.S. Army soldiers who were conducting border support operations in an unmarked (Customs and Border Protection) vehicle near the southwest border in the vicinity of Clint, Texas,” U.S. Northern Command told CNN in a statement.
The Mexican soldiers pointed their weapons at the U.S. troops, removed a soldier’s sidearm, and returned it to the unmarked U.S. vehicle, two U.S. defense officials told CNN.
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