Governor Ralph Northam has ordered that a Virginia National Guard helicopter and crew return from the border until Trump has ended any policy that separates illegal families at the border. It is very unusual for a Governor to pull back an assigned Guard mission. From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
“When Virginia deployed these resources to the border, we expected that they would play a role in preventing criminals, drug runners and other threats to our security from crossing into the United States — not supporting a policy of arresting families and separating children from their parents,” Northam said in a statement.
“Let me be clear — we are ready to return and contribute to the real work of keeping our nation safe. But as long as the Trump administration continues to enforce this inhumane policy, Virginia will not devote any resource to border enforcement actions that could actively or tacitly support it.”
Earlier today Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan did the same thing, pulling a Maryland National Guard helicopter crew back from New Mexico.
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