Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland will not deploy any of the state's National Guard resources to the border until a federal policy of separating immigrant children from their families is rescinded
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland will recall the four National Guard members Gov. Larry Hogan sent to the U.S.-Mexico border and will not deploy other resources until a federal policy of separating immigrant children from their families is rescinded, the governor announced Tuesday.
Hogan wrote 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“Until this policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded, Maryland will not deploy any National Guard resources to the border,” the Republican governor tweeted Tuesday morning.
On Monday, Hogan tweeted that Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration have failed repeatedly to deliver needed immigration reform.
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“Congress and the administration must step up and work together to fix our broken system,” the governor wrote. “Immigration enforcement efforts focus on criminals, not separating innocent children from their families.”
The Maryland National Guard has participated in southwest border operations several times since 2000 and regularly between 2012 and 2015, the governor’s office said.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, on Monday reversed a decision to send a National Guard helicopter from his state to the Mexican border to assist in deployment, citing the administration’s “cruel and inhumane” policy.
Maryland state Sen. Richard Madaleno, a Democrat who is running in a crowded primary to challenge Hogan in November, held a news conference at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup, Maryland, to criticize the Trump administration’s policy and called on Hogan to take action.
“Separating these families and housing children in detention centers has created a huge outcry of anger and disbelief,” Madaleno said in a news release. “How could this happen in the United States?”
See AP’s complete coverage of the debate over the Trump administration’s policy of family separation at the border: https://apnews.com/tag/Immigration