Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Matt Stout Globe Correspondent June 18, 2018 In a reversal, Republican Governor Charlie Baker said Monday that he will not send the Massachusetts National Guard to the Mexican border to assist in what he called the Trump administration’s “cruel and inhumane” policy separating migrant children from their families.The change of heart by Baker came after his administration had agreed in recent weeks to deploy a UH-72 Lakota helicopter and two military analysts to the border, where they would operate with members of the Arizona and New Mexico National Guards. The deployment was to take place before the end of June, according to the State House News Service. But Baker told reporters on Monday that the Massachusetts National Guard, which he leads as the state’s chief executive, won’t be leaving for the Southwest after all. Advertisement … [Read more...] about In reversal, Governor Baker says he won’t send Mass. National Guard to Mexican border, citing ‘cruel and inhumane’ separation policy
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Nearly 2,000 children have been taken from adult migrants in the six weeks since the Trump administration initiated a "zero tolerance" policy of pressing criminal charges against anyone caught illegally crossing the border. Federal authorities have housed immigrant children separated from their parents at a detention center in Tornillo — 40 miles outside of El Paso — that many have described as a "tent city" for holding immigrant minors. Images of children in the center have sparked outrage. Prominent Texas Democrats —including U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso and Democratic candidate for governor Lupe Valdez — marched to Tornillo last weekend to protest the policy. "I would like to invite you to El Paso and Tornillo to see the temporary shelter or 'tent city' and the state of the migrant children detained there," Blanco wrote to Abbott. In his letter, Blanco noted that the Republican governor of Massachusetts, … [Read more...] about Texas lawmaker wants Abbott to cancel National Guard border deployment until feds stop separating families
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is reversing a decision to send a Massachusetts National Guard helicopter to the country’s southern border, citing the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents. The Republican governor said Monday his decision to put the National Guard mission on hold was due to what he calls the “cruel and inhumane” policy of separating children from their parents as families arrive at the border. The crew has been set to fly down later this month to work with federal officials to help track illegal activity along the border with Mexico. Baker said Massachusetts won’t be participating until the family separation policy is changed. President Donald Trump on Monday again falsely blaming Democrats for the policy and declared he would keep the U.S. from becoming “a migrant camp.” Close The biggest headlines, delivered to your inbox Get news as it happens. Sign up for Boston.com's email … [Read more...] about Gov. Baker won’t send Massachusetts National Guard to border
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Matt Stout and John R. Ellement Globe Correspondent and Globe Staff June 18, 2018 Governor Charlie Baker said Monday that members of the Massachusetts National Guard will not be sent to the Mexican border to assist the Trump administration in what the Republican called its “cruel and inhumane” policy separating migrant children from their families.Baker, speaking to reporters at the State House, denounced the controversial federal policy where federal immigration officials are sending children of immigrants to one detention center and parents to another. “It’s cruel and inhumane, and I told the National Guard to hold steady and not go down to the border — period,’’ Baker said. “So we won’t be supporting that initiative unless they change their policy.” Advertisement “They’re not going to … [Read more...] about Gov. Baker says Mass. National Guard will not help with Mexican border patrols
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Frances Tilney Burke, Tufts University (THE CONVERSATION) President Donald Trump recently announced his plan to dispatch National Guard troops to the southern border to assist with security efforts. The Army National Guard is the oldest defense force in the nation, formed in 1636 as three militia regiments in the Massachusetts Bay Colony armed to defend against the Pequot Indians. The actual term “National Guard” was first used in 1824 for New York state militia units who wished to honor the Marquis de Lafayette and his French National Guard. The title was officially adopted in 1903 and describes the force which, unusually, falls under both federal and state control. The National Guard – both Army and Air – is the only military force that is shared by the states and the federal government, and both the president and state governors can order … [Read more...] about Remind us: What exactly is the National Guard?