Trump sending National Guard troops to Mexico border, but they won’t have contact with immigrants

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Wednesday directing National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, but it is not likely to allow the troops to have physical contact with immigrants, according to three administration officials.

The Department of Homeland Security officially announced the policy in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“To secure the border and make America safe, we need to deploy the National Guard,” said the statement from the office of the homeland security press secretary. “Deploying the National Guard will serve as an immediate deterrent while dramatically enhancing operational control of the U.S. border.”

The statement said that the deployment would be in coordination with governors, that the troops would “support federal law enforcement personnel, including [Customs and Border Protection],” and that federal immigration authorities “will direct enforcement efforts.”

The White House issued a statement that Trump had signed the proclamation later Wednesday.

The planning follows an announcement by President Donald Trump on Tuesday that came as a surprise to many of his advisers.

“Until we can have a wall and proper security, we are going to be guarding our border with the military,” Trump said on Tuesday.

The plans were laid out in a meeting with senior level DHS officials as well as in a meeting with the White House’s National Security Council on Wednesday, according to the three officials. The exact number of troops and how long they will be deployed to the border will be solidified in the coming days, the officials 4 more

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