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.
7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar
NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.
Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.
The injured are being transported to local hospitals.
The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.
Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.