President Trump will sign a proclamation directing the deployment of National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters.
President Donald Trump has ordered National Guard troops "immediately" to the southern U.S. border with Mexico to stop illegal immigration, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday, because "it's time to act."
"The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security have been directed to work together with our governors to deploy the National Guard to our southwest border, to assist the border patrol," Nielsen told reporters at the daily White House press briefing.
"We do hope that the deployment begins immediately," she said. "We're working with haste to agree on that" with border-state governors.
"It will be strong," she said of the planned National Guard contingent. "It will be as many as is needed to fill the gaps we have today." Nielsen said President Trump would sign a memorandum later Wednesday ordering the troops to the border to secure it while a wall was being built.
She said the National Guard personnel would act as "support" for Border Patrol agents. Trump said Tuesday he would order the troops, and told leaders in Mexico he would abandon the North American Free-Trade Agreement without assurances of help on securing the boundary.
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