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Democrat Govs Refuse Trump Plan to Send Guard to Border

Border state governors, including liberal Jerry Brown, welcomed the news that the president would assist border enforcement.

By NTK Staff | 04.06.2018 @8:06am
Democrat Govs Refuse Trump Plan to Send Guard to Border

A number of Democratic governors announced that they would refuse any requests from President Trump to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border. The president indicated he would deploy forces to the border to guard America’s frontier, but this apparently does not move Democrats.

First, Gov. Kate Brown (D-OR) tweeted Wednesday that she would deny any Trump request, saying she would rather focus on scandals involving the president. “If @realDonald Trump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no,” she wrote.

And Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) announced Thursday that he would also refuse the president’s request to seal the border. According to the Flathead Beacon, Bullock said he would “never” send troops to the border at Trump’s request:

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he’ll never deploy National Guard troops “based simply on the whim of the President’s morning Twitter habit.”

Bullock, a Democrat, said in a statement Thursday that the responsibility of sending Guard soldiers anywhere is one of the most difficult things he faces.

But governors of border states, including liberal California Gov. Jerry Brown, have all signaled approval of the president’s plan, according to Fox News. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX), Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ), and Gov. Susana Martinez (R-NM) approved of the president’s plan.

Brown did not fully affirm support for the deployment order, but he indicated favor for the plan.

Even California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has openly sparred with the White House over his state’s pro-illegal immigration policies, signaled that his administration might cooperate.

“This request – as with others we’ve received from the Department of Homeland Security, including those for additional staffing in 2006 and 2010 – will be promptly reviewed to determine how best we can assist our federal partners,” California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Keegan said in a statement issued on behalf of Brown’s office. “We look forward to more detail, including funding, duration and end state.”

As Trump’s order makes its way to states around the country, it’s possible more Democratic governors will deny support to their border colleagues.

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