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Trump Separation Policy Backlash: Governors Refuse to Send National Guard to Border Over 'Inhumane' Treatment of Children

Republican and Democrat governors are refusing to deploy their state’s National Guards to the border to protest  the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their families.

Democrat Governors Andrew Cuomo and John Hickenlooper, and Republican Governor Charlie Baker have said they will not be sending troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, citing concerns about the "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has resulted in about 2,000 children getting separated and placed into detention centers over a six-week period.

"The administration's unconscionable treatment of families at our border is a moral outrage and an affront to the values that built this state and this nation,” New York Governor Cuomo said.

"In the face of this ongoing human tragedy, let me be very clear: New York will not be party to this inhumane treatment of immigrant families. We will not deploy National Guard to the border, and we will not be complicit in a political agenda that governs by fear and division.”

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation in April ordering the deployment of the National Guard to help protect the border with Mexico. Defending the decision, Tom Bosset, who was  homeland security adviser at the time, described the perimeter as a “leaking boat.”

Baker, the Republican governor of Massachusetts, announced previously that he would send a UH-72 Lakota helicopter and two military analysts to the border to support  the administration's policy.

But following the outcry over the separation policy and conditions in the detention centers in South Texas, Baker has reversed his decision, saying the federal government's actions are “resulting in the inhumane treatment of children," his communications director, Lizzy Guyton, said in a statement, as reported by Boston's public radio station WBUR.

RTX69QO5 A view of inside U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facility shows children at Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in Rio Grande City, Texas, U.S., June 17. Courtesy CBP/Handout via REUTERS

“It’s cruel and inhumane, and we told the National Guard to hold steady and to not go down to the border—period,” Baker told NBC 10 Boston. “We won’t be supporting that initiative unless they change the policy.”

Jay Gonzalez, the Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Baker, said the governor should have “never offered our state's resources to enforce Donald Trump's inhumane immigration policy in the first place.”

“Trump's actions at our borders make it clear that we cannot trust his administration, now or ever,” he tweeted. “It isn't enough for Charlie Baker to say that he won't send our resources to the border to help Trump 'today.' Governor Baker should be clear that Massachusetts will never be a partner to Donald Trump in enforcing his racist immigration policy.”

Colorado Governor Hickenlooper also signed an executive order limiting the use of state resources "to separate children from parents or legal guardians on sole ground of immigration status."

Defending the immigration policy, Trump said at the White House on Monday that the U.S. “will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility. Not on my watch."

Trump also defended the policy in a series of tweets while claiming that crime in Germany has risen due to immigration. 

“The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition,” he tweeted.

“Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture."

In 2017, Germany reported its lowest level of crime in  25 years, reported The New York Times.

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