WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it plans to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a larger crackdown on illegal immigration.
Administration officials on Wednesday disclosed few specifics about the planned deployment — such as how many troops will be sent to the border, how long they will be stationed there and what their tasks will be — citing ongoing discussions with the states.
.@DHSgov Secretary Nielsen: "The President has directed that the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security work together with our governors to deploy the National Guard to our southwest border to assist the Border Patrol." pic.twitter.com/7TzEPHwfYj
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 4 april 2018
Previous presidents, including Barack Obama and George W. Bush, have deployed National Guard personnel as backup to Border Patrol agents amid concerns about security and drug trafficking. In recent years, however, the number of people crossing illegally into the country has plummeted and is at its lowest level since 1971.