During the White House press briefing Wednesday afternoon, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the proclamation would be done in conjunction with governors in border states.
“Despite a number of steps this administration has taken, we continue to see unacceptable levels of illegal drugs, dangerous gang activity transnational criminal organizations and illegal immigration flow across our border,” Nielsen said.
“The president will be signing a proclamation to that effect today,” she added.
The Trump administration and governors are still working out specific details, such as how many troops will be deployed and how long they would assist on the southern border.
Nielsen also slammed congressional democrats for refusing to approve funding for the border wall, which would largely prevent illegal immigrants from gaining access into the U.S.
She said DHS statistics show that nearly 50 percent of illegal aliens arriving at the U.S. southern border are from Central America, noting that Mexico is doing absolutely nothing to address the issue.
She also told reporters that the Trump administration will be drafting legislation and urging Congress to provide additional legal authority and resources to combat illegal immigration.
“We will not allow illegal immigration levels to become the norm,” she said. “More than 1,000 people a day, 300,000 a year violating our sovereignty as a nation will never be acceptable to this president.”
Prior to Nielsen’s announcement, Trump sent out a series of tweets saying he would be “taking strong action today,” saying the U.S. military would be protecting the border until the wall is built.
Trump’s bold decision follows reports that a “caravan” of roughly 1,200 Central Americans are traveling to the U.S. border.
Not long after Trump announced on Tuesday that he would be deploying the National Guard to secure the border, the group has largely splintered and reported it will turn around.
Nevertheless, the administration said the troops will be deployed to ensure the border is secured long term.
The president has vowed to protect the nation at all costs, and his latest move further proves that.