WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation orrdering the National Guard to be deployed ‘immediately’ to the US-Mexico border to combat illegal border crossings on Wednesday (local time).
Troops could begin heading to the border within hours.
In a memorandum to his secretaries of defence and homeland security and his attorney-general, Mr Trump said the “situation at the border has now reached a point of crisis”.
The announcement came hours after Trump pledged ‘strong action today’ on immigration and a day after he said he announced he wanted to use the military to secure the southern border until his long-promised, stalled border wall is erected.
Mr Trump earlier on Tuesday tweeted, saying the US border laws are “very weak while those of Mexico and Canada are very strong”, and that he would be taking “strong action today”.
Mr Trump says that “lawlessness” at the southern border is “fundamentally incompatible with the safety, security, and sovereignty of the American people”.
The document orders the secretary of defence to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in securing the southern border to stop the flow of drugs and people.
And it orders the agency heads to submit a report within 30 days outlining what other steps can be taken.
The Trump administration says it is working with governors to “immediately” deploy the National Guard to combat illegal immigration at the US-Mexico border.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday that the DHS and the Pentagon will be working closely with governors in the affected states.
She said deployment would be handled as expeditiously as possible and that troops could begin heading to the border on Wednesday night.Follow @gorkhapost
Jamal Khashoggi murder tapes were ‘shared’ with multiple countries : Turkey
ISTANBUL — Turkey has shared recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, seeking to maintain international pressure on Riyadh over the killing of Khashoggi.
Erdogan,in the first public acknowledgement of the existence of tapes of the slaying, has said that officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
President Erdogan also told reporters that Saudi Arabia had to act fairly and disclose those responsible for the killing of The Washington Post journalist to rid itself of ‘suspicion’.
“We gave them the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to America, to the Germans, the French, to the British, to all of them,” Mr Erdogan said.
Khashoggi, a critic of de facto Saudi ruler Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate last month in a hit which Erdogan says was ordered at the “highest levels” of the Saudi government.
His killing provoked global outrage but little concrete action by world powers against Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter and a supporter of Washington’s plans to contain Iranian influence across the Middle East.