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Gov. Raimondo Will Not Send National Guard to Border



    Gov. Raimondo Will Not Send National Guard to Border
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    Children listen to speakers during an immigration family separation protest in front of the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. District Court building, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Phoenix. An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration's border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents.

    Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced on Tuesday that she would not be sending National Guard units from the state if asked to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border because of President Donald Trump's family separation policy.

    On her Twitter account, the Democratic governor wrote "The Trump Administration's family separation policy is immoral, unjust, and un-American."

    "I have not yet been asked, but if I am, I will not deploy units from the Rhode Island National Guard to the southern border to support the Administration's policy that is ripping families apart," she continued.

    She finished by writing "the President alone can end family separation. I'm standing with all good-hearted people in our nation and calling on President Trump to end this inhumane policy."

    Raimondo's announcement mirrored Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's decision, which was announced the day before.

    President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with congressional Republicans on Tuesday as outrage over the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy continued to heat up.

    Nearly 2,000 migrant children were separated from their parents during a six-week period in April and May following U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement of the policy, which refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

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