Eight states have decided to either forgo sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border or to withdraw already deployed troops as of Tuesday.
Democratic Governors from Connecticut, Delaware, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia, as well as Republican governors in Massachusetts and Maryland announced their decision to abstain from helping to secure the southern border. The move comes as the Trump administration is facing increased backlash over policies separating families of immigrants when they illegally enter the U.S.
President Donald Trump signed a proclamation in April for the National Guard to be deployed to the border, requesting between 2,000 and 4,000 troops, reported NPR. At the time, the proclamation was met with mixed reactions. (RELATED: Ted Cruz Announces Legislation To Keep Illegal Immigrant Families Together)
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker rescinded his offer to send two military analysts and one helicopter on Monday, with Colorado and New York governors following suit.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tweeted on Tuesday that he is recalling four soldiers and one helicopter from Arizona.
Today I’m recalling four Virginia National Guard soldiers and one helicopter from Arizona. Virginia will not devote any resource to border enforcement actions that support the inhumane policy of separating children from their parents. https://t.co/AmdbE0XoFi
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) June 19, 2018
Delaware Gov. John Carney also said on Tuesday that he declined to send the National Guard, according to The New York Times.
“Under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t hesitate to answer the call, but given what we know about the policies currently in effect at the border, I can’t in good conscience send Delawareans to help with that mission,” he said.
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