Nine governors — two Republicans and seven Democrats — are refusing to send National Guard troops to “border protection” duty requested by Donald Trump. Gov. Asa Hutchinson is not among them. News of concentration camps for babies might grow the list today.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, announced Tuesday morning on his Twitter account that he has ordered four crewmembers and a helicopter to immediately return from where they were stationed in New Mexico.
“Until this policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded, Maryland will not deploy any National Guard resources to the border,” Hogan tweeted.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who like Hogan is a Republican governor in a blue state, on Monday reversed a decision to send a National Guard helicopter to the border, citing the Trump administration’s “cruel and inhuman” policy.
On the Democratic side, governors in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New York and Virginia have all indicated their refusal to send Guard resources to assist with immigration-related issues.
Smal impact, but symbolic. The troops are mostly for show anyway. Broder crossings are near record lows, though there is work for babysitters since the Trump administration began forcibly separating families, including infants held in “tender age centers.“
Lawyers and medical providers who visited the three shelters — located in Combes, Raymondville and Brownsville — said they saw playrooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis.
They described the shelters as clean and safe, but found toddlers and babies who didn’t know where their parents were and who were “hysterical, crying and acting out.”