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US National Guard to be deployed to Mexico border ‘immediately’

National Guard troops could be at the US-Mexico border within hours after being ordered there by Donald Trump.

The Trump administration said last night it was working with state governors to “immediately” deploy the National Guard to combat illegal immigration at the border.

Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, said Mr Trump would sign a proclamation shortly authorising the deployment.

She said the National Guard troops could begin heading to the border immediately.

Mr Trump first announced his plan to send the military to the border during a meeting with Baltic leaders on Tuesday.

Kirstjen Nielsen, homeland security secretary

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President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush both took similar temporary measures.

Mr Trump has expressed frustration in recent days over what he called a “caravan” of more than 1,000 migrants heading through Mexico to the US border.

He has also been frustrated by lack of funding from congress for his border wall.

The caravan of Central American migrants on Wednesday scrapped plans to cross into the United States.

Its leaders said most of the group – about 80 per cent – would now remain in Mexico, where authorities are working with individual migrants and families to get them temporary papers.

Irineo Mujica, head of migrant advocacy group People Without Borders , said: “All they want is a place to live in peace, where they can work without having guns pointed at them, without being forced to join a gang.”

Article Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/04/us-national-guard-deployed-mexico-border-immediately/

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