Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Kirstjen Nielsen, said that President Trump, DHS and the Department of Defense, working together with the governors of each state, will deploy the National Guard on the border between Mexico and USA UU
Mr. Trump will sign a proclamation to this effect on Wednesday, Nielsen said during the White House report.
"Border security is national security, which is national security," he told reporters.
Nielsen said Trump's move comes in response to Congress's inability to pbad stringent border security laws or provide adequate funding for the Trump administration's immigration initiatives. Could not provide a cost estimate for the implementation project.
"Unfortunately, again and again, Congress has not acted, and even worse, some members of Congress have continuously opposed efforts to secure the border," he said.
Nielsen said that immigrants seeking refuge in the United States, particularly those who come from Central America and then travel through Mexico, are taking advantage of "gaps" to seek political asylum in the United States.
"While we have been apprehending foreigners on the border with historical efficiency, these illicit smuggling groups saw that our ability to actually eliminate those who come here illegally did not keep pace," Nielsen said. "They saw that there were gaps that could explode to avoid arrest and expulsion."
Mr. Trump, perhaps inspired by a segment of Fox & Friends that aired on Easter Sunday, has expressed his vehement disapproval, both in Twitter and in the recent diplomatic meetings of the caravans migrants traveling through Mexico and approaching the southern border of the United States.
These caravans led by Peoples Without Borders, have guided asylum seekers to northern Mexico since 2010. While the caravan contains approximately 1,100 people, mostly from Honduras, the director of Peoples Without Borders in Mexico it estimates that less than 100 protesters would try to cross into the United States, and most try to stay in Mexico.
"I think he has a lot to do with the protection of this country and I do not think this is a surprise," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to a question asking whether Mr. Trump has acted on the subject because of the Fox & Friends segment.
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