Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, will not send his state’s National Guard to the border because of the Trump Administration policy of separating children from families seeking legal asylum in the U.S. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will not join Baker. And don’t look for U.S. Rep. French Hill to criticize Trump border policy. UPDATE: Maryland’s GOP Gov. Larry Hogan is also pulling his Guard troops off the border for the same reason.
Hutchinson is unmoved by the humanitarian crisis as far as the Guard is concerned. He said yesterday he still plans to send Arkansas troops to help with so-called border control. The supposed emergency need for state troops is belied by the fact that illegal entries are near a 45-year low.
If Arkansas Republicans seem unconcerned about the attacks on families, the Democratic Party in Arkansas spoke out yesterday.
Party Chair Michael John Gray responded to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s unapologetic defense of the anti-family policy, which Trump is attempting to use to coerce Democrats to support his bad immigration bill. Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill has apparently decided to use the same tool to cover his refusal to call for an immediate end to the anti-family policy. Hill, of course, says he hates to see families ripped asunder, but favors a legislative solution over an immediate end to the Trump policy. In the process, Hill promotes the falsehood that asylum seekers have arrived illegally. They have not.
In the interview with KUAR, French Hill repeats Trump’s lies that the law is to blame for family separations and only a law change can stop them. He also lied in suggesting other administrations had separated families.
“The silence from our congressional delegation, our governor, and our state Republican Party demonstrates their inability and their lack of desire to stand up to this administration. The crisis on our country’s Southern border should require compassion and swift legislative action, yet while families continue to be separated and young children sit in cages, our elected officials in Washington and in Little Rock remain unwilling to act.
“Without further delay, they should join the growing number of bipartisan members of Congress in calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to halt the DHS policy of family separation at the southern border immediately as Congress works towards possible legislative solutions.
“Secretary Nielsen cited this policy as law, which it isn’t. Their goal was clearly to deter illegal border crossings by any means necessary. This administration must stop lying to the American people. They created this problem when Attorney General Sessions announced, with glee, this policy less than a month ago. Though Arkansas Republicans have yet to make any public statement about the policy, many other Republicans have found to be unacceptable and former First Lady Laura Bush so poignantly deemed it as both ‘cruel’ and “immoral.’
“Any legislator or elected official not willing to oppose this inhumane policy is complicit in its immorality.”