Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
The United States National Guard will be sent to its southern border with Mexico on the orders of President Donald Trump.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said late in the afternoon that the president will sign a proclamation to send the armed troops to the border, an official move following recent complaints by Mr. Trump over immigration policy in Congress and a migrant caravan in Mexico.
The document was signed off on by the president on Wednesday evening.
“The President has directed that the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security work together with our governors to deploy the National Guard to our southwest border,” Ms. Nielsen said from the White House.
“The president will be signing a proclamation to that effect today.”
Details over how many soldiers would be going, how long they would stay and exactly what their mission was are still pending, the secretary said.
The secretary added that she didn’t want to “get ahead” of the state governors who will have a heavy say in the deployment of troops, but said it would be similar to past similar efforts.
“It will be strong, it will be as many as needed to fill the gaps today,” Nielson said.
She said the administration had drafted legislation and would be asking Congress to provide the legal authority and resources to address “this crisis at our borders.”
It comes after Trump met with defence secretary James Mattis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Nielsen and other officials to discuss border issues on Tuesday.
Trump tweeted immigration on Wednesday, saying: “Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW!”
More details to follow.