MONTGOMERY — Several governors, including at least two Republicans, from around the country are recalling or refusing to send National Guard troops to the nation’s southern border, a result of outcry over the treatment of immigrant children there.
Alabama has National Guard members on the border.Gov. Kay Ivey’s office did not have a comment Tuesday about what other governors are doing, or the situation on the border.
“She’s not made any statement on that,” Ivey’s communication director, Josh Pendergrass, said today.
The governors of Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Virginia said their guardsmen would not help to secure the United States’ border with Mexico, the New York Times reported.
President Donald Trump called in April for the National Guard to be deployed to the border, saying thousands of troops are needed to stanch illegal crossings. Few governors outside the Southwest immediately embraced the plan, the Times reported.
Governors control each state's guard troops.
Trump's immigration policies have come under intense scrutiny following reports of the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Democrats and some Republicans are urging an end to the practice, the Associated Press reported.
Thousands of children split from their families at the U.S. southern border are being held in government-run facilities.
In May, Ivey said Alabama was sending a National Guard helicopter and guardsmen to help patrol the Mexican border, per Trump’s request. The helicopter and five guard members were to support the Texas National Guard in partnership with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.