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 South West border to assist the Border Patrol. The President will be signing a proclamation to that effect today. Our current border security and immigration laws fail the American people.
The system rewards bad behavior. It does not punish lawbreakers. It undermines our nation's economic interests. Let me be clear, we are a welcoming nation. We support tens of millions of legal visitors every year, as well as over 1 million legal immigrants. We will continue to do so, but as I said earlier, border security is national security.
Security of our nation is not a partisan issue. Border security is national security.