President Trump orders troops to help secure border

One day after President Trump surprised his own advisors with an idea to send military troops to the United States-Mexico border, he made the plan official.

On Wednesday, Mr. Trump signed a proclamation to send U.S. National Guard Troops to help secure the U.S. southern border from illegal immigrants. Officials at the White House say those troops could start arriving to their new posts as soon as Wednesday night.

Homeland Security could not say how many troops will arrive, or how much the plan will cost. One thing is certain: Military troops can not enforce laws on U.S. soil unless congress approves it, or if the governor of the state they are deployed to requests their service.

It is for this reason, newly deployed troops to the border can not arrest immigrants attempting to cross. Instead, they are expected to serve as a supporting role, like helping with surveillance.