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Oregon gov. refuses Trump’s order to send National Guard to US-Mexico border

Members of the official party, left to right, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Oregon Adjutant General Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Air National Guard Commander Michael Stencel and 142nd Fighter Wing Commander Col. Paul Fitzgerald listen to music performed by the 234th Army National Guard Band during the 142nd Fighter Wing mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
April 05, 2018

Orgeon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday she will refuse to send her state’s National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border, defying President Donald Trump’s order on Wednesday to do so.

Brown, a Democrat, sent a series of tweets about the directive, which Trump said is to protect and enforce the border until the wall can be built.

“If [President Trump] asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no,” she tweeted Wednesday. “As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.”

“There’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials, and I have no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to district from his troubles in Washington,” she added.

President Trump on Wednesday signed a proclamation that deploys the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said earlier on Wednesday that the White House was working with governors across the country and that the deployment hopefully begins “immediately.”

Trump tweeted early Wednesday that the U.S. has “very weak” border laws.

“… [While] those of Mexico and Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW,” Trump tweeted. “The Democrats stand in our way – they want people to pour into our country unchecked… CRIME! We will be taking strong action today.”

Trump said earlier in the week that he was sending the military to guard the border until the wall between the U.S. and Mexico can be built. The move would help prevent illegal crossings, the President said.

“Until we can have a wall and proper security, we are going to be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. “We really haven’t done that before, certainly not very much before.”

Currently, U.S. Border Patrol is in charge of patrolling and maintaining the border.

Trump has recently criticized the United States’ “weak” border laws.

“Mexico has very strong immigration laws. We should have those laws,” the President had said. “We have immigration laws that are laughed at by everybody. We need the wall, we need the protection, and we need to change our immigration laws at the border and elsewhere.”