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Trump Wants to Use Military to Secure Border

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By Debbie Gregory.

President Donald Trump wants to deploy members of the military to secure the U.S.-Mexico border until his promised border wall is built.

No time frame for the deployment has been announced.

Trump has promised to build a “big, beautiful wall” on the border since early in his campaign, claiming it will help secure the border. But Congress has yet to pass any meaningful funding for the wall’s construction, and federal law prohibits the use of active duty service members for law enforcement inside the U.S., unless specifically authorized by Congress.

Some 6,000 National Guard troops were deployed to the border in 2006, under president George W Bush. The troops did not participate in any law enforcement activity, but helped with surveillance and administrative tasks.

“We’re going to be doing things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military,” Trump said, calling the move a “big step.”

In addition to mobilizing the National Guard, Trump and senior officials agreed on the need to pressure Congress to urgently pass legislation to close legal loopholes exploited by criminal trafficking, narco-terrorist and smuggling organizations

Among the new measures the administration is pursuing: ending special safeguards that prevent the immediate deportation of children arrested at the border and traveling alone. Currently, unaccompanied children from countries that don’t border the U.S. are turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services and undergo often lengthy deportation proceedings before an immigration judge instead of being immediately deported.

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Why the Secret Service Maxed Out Just Six Months into Trump Administration

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By Debbie Gregory.

Director Randolph “Tex” Alles, the head of the U.S. Secret Service, says that while some 1,100 of its agents have already maxed out on their allowable earnings for 2017, the agency is not broke.

According to a statement by Alles, the Secret Service has the funding it needs to meet all current mission requirements for the remainder of the fiscal year, as well as compensating employees for overtime within statutory pay caps.

The drain of resources can be partially attributed to President Donald Trump’s frequent stays at his own resorts, and his extended family’s vacation and business trips.

Between 2011 and 2015, staffing levels at the Secret Service fell by 10%, according to a House Oversight Committee. Last year, the number of agents decreased again by 8% while the burden of protection greatly increased, what with a presidential election campaign, Pope Francis’s visit, and a United Nations General Assembly meeting.

In 2016, Congress passed emergency legislation to retroactively increase the pay cap. The Secret Service appears to be pursuing a similar legislative fix in 2017, while it attempts to hire more agents and more widely distribute its workload.

Trump travel has included trips to his Florida resort home, Mar-a-Lago, his New Jersey golf resort, and Trump Tower in New York.  These properties now require a semi-permanent Secret Service infrastructure

The Secret Service’s demands will continue to be higher than ever throughout the Trump administration. Trump’s family and inner circle, which numbers some 42 people, is an increase of 35% over President Obama’s administration.

All five of the Trump children get 24/7 protection from the Secret Service, and the older children (along with their spouses/significant other) are frequent travelers, both domestically and abroad, for business and pleasure.

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