Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker rescinded his government’s deployment of National Guard troops to the US southern border Monday, saying his administration could no longer support the “inhumane treatment of children.”
The Governor’s decision comes hours after multiple news outlets slammed the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy towards illegal migrants crossing in the United States from Mexico.
“Governor Baker directed the National Guard not to send any assets or personnel to the Southwest border today because the federal government’s current actions are resulting in the inhumane treatment of children,” said the governor’s communications director.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions slammed the mainstream media’s reporting earlier Monday, saying the Trump administration “hates” separating children from their parents, but vowed to enforce pre-existing laws.
The President himself weighed-in on the issue this week, slamming “obstructionist Democrats” for preventing Congressional leaders from reaching a bipartisan agreement on immigration and border security.
It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018
BORDER CHAOS: National Guard Helps Border Patrol ARREST 1,600 More Migrants
Federal authorities and Border Patrol Agents have arrested an additional 1,600 illegal immigrants attempting to enter the United States since President Trump deployed the National Guard to the region just weeks ago.
According to new statistics released by the CBP and Pentagon officials, the troops were able to assist federal authorities in cracking down on illegal border crossings into the US; freeing up agents to focus on human and drug trafficking into the country.
“Those folks are giving us the additional situational awareness in the radio rooms … which are allowing the Border Patrol agents sitting in those areas to go into the field,” said one official.
“As a reminder, these guardsmen are not carrying out law enforcement duties,” he added.
President Trump made national headlines last month when he announced his decision to deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border; vowing to crackdown on illegal immigration until his signature border wall is permanently funded.
CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Gov. Says National Guard ‘WILL NOT ENFORCE’ Immigration Laws
California Governor Jerry Brown begrudgingly accepted President Trump’s demand that he deploy the National Guard to the southern border Wednesday, but defiantly declared his troops “will not be used to enforce federal immigration laws.”
The Golden State Governor agreed to send approximately 400 troops to the US-Mexico border; adding they will be used for targeting “criminal gangs” and “illegal firearms” but will not “build a wall” or “round up women and children.”
“Let’s be crystal clear on the scope of this mission. This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws,” said his statement.
“I agree with the Catholic Bishops who have said that local, state and federal officials should ‘work collaboratively and prudently in the implementation of this deployment, ensuring that the presence of the National Guard is measured and not disruptive to community life,’” he added.
Read his full statement here.