Governors pull National Guard over immigration policy

June 19, 2018 - 7:05 pm

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — East Coast governors from both parties are turning down requests for National Guard resources in protest of a federal immigration policy that is separating children from their families.

None of the states has more than a handful of resources committed. The move is significant politically, however.

Mileah Kromer is director of the Sarah T. Hughes field Politics Center at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. She says the action is an interesting example of governors stepping into a role of national leadership on a divisive issue.

Maryland's and Massachusetts' Republican governors say they are pulling back or won't send resources until the policy instituted by President Donald Trump's administration is rescinded. Democratic governors in Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania have declared the same policy. Massachusetts made the announcement Monday; the other states on Tuesday.

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