The Trump administration began outlining a plan Wednesday to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, but will likely not allow the troops to have physical contact with immigrants, according to three administration officials.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially announced the policy in a statement Wednesday afternoon, NBC News reported.
“To Secure the Border and Make America Safe, We Need to Deploy the National Guard,” said the statement from the office of the DHS press secretary. "Deploying the National Guard will serve as an immediate deterrent while dramatically enhancing operational control of the U.S. border."
Later Wednesday, Trump signed a proclamation directing the National Guard to be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border.