Liberal Governor Kate Brown pledged to resist the president's activation of the national guard to defend the border. Both Bush and Obama did so previously, and no governor has resisted.
The governor of Oregon says she'll resist any attempt by Donald Trump to deploy her state's National Guard detachment to protect America's southern border, and California's governor appears poised to follow suit.The president signed a proclamation on Wednesday that orders Defense Secretary James Mattis to 'request use of National Guard personnel to assist' with the Homeland Security Department's existing border patrol operations. But governors, whose duties include commanding their states' Guard units, can say no.'If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I'll say no,' Oregon Gov. Kate Brown tweeted Wednesday. 'As Commander of Oregon's Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.'
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Asked how many Guard troops the Trump administration would put on the border, he replied: 'As many as it takes.'In Obama's border deployment, Guard troops were limited to advisory and observer roles, serving as extra eyes and ears for U.S. Border Patrol units and often limited to using binoculars in guard towers. Under rules of engagement issued by Obama's Pentagon, they were forbidden to pursue, confront or detain suspects, including illegal immigrants. They also couldn't make arrests, stop or search vehicles, or seize drugs.Trump's Defense Department hasn't said what Guard troops will be told this time around, but the president's proclamation specifies that their mission would be 'to stop the flow of deadly drugs and other contraband, gang members and other criminals, and illegal aliens into this country.' "
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