DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced in the White House press briefing today that Pres. Trump has told officials to deploy the National Guard in order to bolster security along the southern border and that he "will be signing a proclamation to that effect today."
"The President has directed that the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to work together with our governors to deploy our National Guard to our southwest border to assist the border patrol," Secretary Nielsen said.
Pres. Trump stated in a meeting with Baltic leaders at the White House Tuesday that things need to be done "militarily" until there is "propper security" on the southern border.
"We are going to be guarding our border with our military. That’s a big step," Pres. Trump said. "We cannot have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing and, by the way, never showing up for court."
The announcement comes after a caravan of about 1,350 Central American migrants, organized by Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders), started a trip last week from the City of Tapachula on the Mexico-Guatemala border to the United States, planning to either apply for asylum or slip away from the group to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Updated: Wed, Apr 18th 2018 @ 5:35pm EDT