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Trump signs order to deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border

President Donald J. Trump (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
April 04, 2018

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a proclamation that deploys the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said earlier that the White House was working with governors across the country and that the deployment hopefully begins “immediately.”

Trump tweeted early Wednesday that the U.S. has “very weak” border laws.

“… [While] those of Mexico and Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW,” Trump tweeted. “The Democrats stand in our way – they want people to pour into our country unchecked… CRIME! We will be taking strong action today.”

Trump said earlier in the week that he was sending the military to guard the border until the wall between the U.S. and Mexico can be built. The move would help prevent illegal crossings, the President said.

“Until we can have a wall and proper security, we are going to be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. “We really haven’t done that before, certainly not very much before.”

Currently, U.S. Border Patrol is in charge of patrolling and maintaining the border.

Trump has recently criticized the United States’ “weak” border laws.

“Mexico has very strong immigration laws. We should have those laws,” the President had said. “We have immigration laws that are laughed at by everybody. We need the wall, we need the protection, and we need to change our immigration laws at the border and elsewhere.”