President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a proclamation that deploys the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.
BREAKING: President Donald Trump signs proclamation directing National Guard to be deployed to the US-Mexico border.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 5, 2018
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.”
JUST IN: DHS Sec. Nielsen: Pres. Trump to sign proclamation today to direct DHS, DoD work with states to deploy National Guard to the U.S. Mexico border. https://t.co/VTysacVH16 pic.twitter.com/5oMIeU0P57
— ABC News (@ABC) April 4, 2018
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.”
Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW! The Democrats stand in our way – they want people to pour into our country unchecked….CRIME! We will be taking strong action today.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018
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.
BREAKING: Trump administration: President working with governors on ‘immediate’ deployment of National Guard to US-Mexico border.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 4, 2018
“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.”