The influx of Central American immigrants is a not a new phenomenon. During the Obama administration, thousands of Central Americans came to the southern border to claim asylum, many of them women and children.
When Donald Trump announced his plans to build a wall and halt illegal immigration in his 2016 presidential campaign, many dismissed him as a bigot while others rallied behind him. Wherever you stood on this issue, it was clear that politicians had kicked this can so far down the road that a candidate like Trump was able to easily distinguish himself from the establishment.
Roughly one week after President Donald Trump announced his plan to deploy National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border, the first troops - primarily from Arizona and Texas, the first two states to comply - have begun deploying in the region. The action from President Trump, which was first mentioned during an entirely unrelated meeting with leaders from the Baltic states, has drawn both praise and heavy criticism.