Ahead of his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump warned that he would use the military to form “a Human Wall” if he can’t get funding for his proposed barrier along the U.S. southern border with Mexico.
“Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border,” Trump tweeted. “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!”
A congressional committee is currently working to reach a deal on border security funding to avert another partial government shutdown, but Trump has hinted at declaring a national emergency if the deal doesn’t include funds for a border wall.
Trump already ordered the deployment in October 2018 of more than 2,000 troops to the border in response to the impending arrival of a caravan of asylum-seekers from Central America.
The Pentagon has approved an extended U.S. deployment to the border through the end of September.