President Trump signed an order Wednesday night to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen first announced Trump's plan to deploy the National Guard earlier in the day Wednesday while speaking at the White House.
Nielsen framed the move as a way to toughen an immigration system that “rewards bad behavior,” including illegal drug smuggling and border crossings.
“It’s time to act,” Nielsen told reporters, adding that the deployments could begin “immediately.”
Nielsen did not share key details about the operation, including how many troops will be sent to the border, the length of the deployment or its cost.
he move follows days of warnings from Trump about the dangers posed by illegal immigration, gangs and drugs.
Nielsen said the number of immigrants crossing the border illegally has risen since last year, when they fell following Trump’s inauguration. She said the administration is eager to act because crossings are expected to further rise in April.