The State of Texas announced its decision early Monday morning to deploy hundreds of National Guard members to the troubled US-Mexico border region; supporting President Trump’s recent call to use the US military to help secure the United States’ southern border.
— Texas Military Dept (@TXMilitary) April 7, 2018
“Texas National Guard is currently on ground across the Texas-Mexico border with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, preparing for more operations and troops,” says the caption.
President Trump confirmed last week his move to deploy the military to help secure the southern United States from illegal immigration and drug smuggling, saying “We’re going to be doing things militarily.”
“We’re going to be doing things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military,” Trump told reporters.
WEST COAST CHAOS: Governor REFUSES to Send National Guard to Border
The Governor of Oregon flat-out refused to send her National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border Thursday, saying she would simply “say no” if President Trump asked to deploy troops stationed in her state.
Democratic Oregon Governor Kate Brown publicly bucked the Trump administration’s recent announcement that the White House plans to deploy the US National Guard to the southern border; saying the troops will remain until “proper” security could be enforced.
“If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border,” she posted on social media.
“There’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials, and I have no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington,” she added.
There’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials, and I have no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington.
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) April 4, 2018
GOOD GUY WITH A GUN: Guard Who STOPPED School Shooter Throws FIRST PITCH
The armed security guard who successfully confronted a school shooter received a standing ovation at the Washington Nationals’ opening game Thursday; throwing out the first pitch as locals applauded the hero’s selfless actions.
Images appeared on social media within minutes after Blaine Gaskill, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Deputy who responded within seconds of a student opening fire at a local school, threw the first pitch in the nation’s capital.
— Sheriff Tim Cameron (@SheriffCameron) April 5, 2018
FIRST PITCH HERO: St. Mary’s Co. Sheriff’s Deputy/School Resource Officer Blaine Gaskill says he’s ready! “Pretty excited to be here,” he says. “Nervous but excited.” pic.twitter.com/OqrstYJeNX
— Richard Reeve (@richardreeve317) April 5, 2018
Gaskill was thrust into national headlines last month when he confronted an active school shooter, forcing the attacker to abandon his plans and turn the gun on himself.
“Our school resource officer was alerted to the event. he pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter, fired a round at the shooter,” St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said. “The shooter fired a round as well. In the hours and days to come, we’ll be able to determine if our school resource officer’s round struck the shooter.”