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Trump to order National Guard to protect border with Mexico -official

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks with Mexico's Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete Prida before delivering a joint message in Mexico City, Mexico March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks with Mexico's Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete Prida before delivering a joint message in Mexico City, Mexico March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump will sign a proclamation on Wednesday ordering the deployment of the National Guard to help protect the border with Mexico, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.

“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,” Nielsen said at a White House briefing.

“The president will be signing a proclamation to that effect today.” (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Eric Beech)

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