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States Protest Family Separations by Pulling National Guard From Border

States Protest Family Separations by Pulling National Guard From Border
A group of Central American asylum seekers talk to authorities before being taken into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 June 2018 02:11 PM

As anger and frustration mount over the government separating children from parents who enter the U.S. illegally, five states are backing away from sending the National Guard to the Mexican border.

Business Insider reported that New York, Massachusetts and Colorado have ended cooperation with the White House to deploy the National Guard to the border.

Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday on Twitter he was recalling a National Guard helicopter and four crew members.

And Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, said on Tuesday she would not deploy her state's National Guard units to the border, according to The Hill.

"I have not yet been asked, but if I am, I will not deploy units from the Rhode Island National Guard to the southern border to support the administration's policy that is ripping families apart," she said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, cited the "government's inhumane treatment of immigrant families" in his decision not to deploy the National Guard to the border.

And, in a statement, he added: "In New York, we stand for the values embodied by the lady in our harbor. We know that our diversity is our greatest strength, and we will never stop fighting to protect and strengthen the rights of immigrants."

In Colorado, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an executive order barring state resources from being used to separate immigrant families. He said, however, he was not aware of any state resources being used to separate immigrant families, the HuffPost reported.

But he added: "I think it's fair to say it's a rebuke. "But it's also just saying: ‘It's not going to happen in our backyard.' We are very clear that this is not something that is acceptable. It's hard for me to imagine that this is happening in the United States of America at the scale it is — at any scale."

In Massachusetts, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, citing the administration's "inhumane" zero tolerance policy, said he is refusing to send the National Guard to the border,

"We told the National Guard to hold steady and to not go down to the border — period. We won't be supporting that initiative unless they change the policy," Baker said, according to NBC Boston."

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