You would think that most Governors of a state wouldn’t want a flood of illegal aliens in their state as it puts a strain on state services, drugs, other crime and jobs. But that’s most people. Apparently, not Governor Kate Brown of Oregon.
President Donald Trump has said that he will be sending the National Guard to the border to help assist the Border Patrol to provide more security.
But Brown is saying that she wouldn’t comply with any request if asked.
Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown announced on Wednesday that she would not comply with President Donald Trump’s request to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border if asked to do so.
Trump issued a proclamation that same day calling on the defense secretary to “request use of National Guard personnel” to secure the border.
The president cited the flow of illicit drugs, MS-13 gang activity and illegal immigration as his reasons for the move.
“Our American way of life hinges on our ability as a Nation to adequately and effectively enforce our laws and protect our borders,” the memo stated. “A key and undeniable attribute of a sovereign nation is the ability to control who and what enters its territory.”
“The situation at the border has now reached a point of crisis,” it added. “The lawlessness that continues at our southern border is fundamentally incompatible with the safety, security, and sovereignty of the American people. My Administration has no choice but to act.”
There are a lot of drugs and gang problems in Oregon.
“We have a massive problem,” Mark Kruger, captain of Portland Police Bureau’s drugs and vice division, told KATU. The 23 year-veteran added, “We’re seizing larger quantities of methamphetamine and heroin and cocaine in Portland, Oregon than we have historically ever seized.”
but apparently not enough for Brown to be concerned or to overwhelm her political agenda.
“If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border,” she wrote.
“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 distract from his troubles in Washington,” Brown said.
Yes, how dare Trump want to provide for the national defense, his Constitutional responsibility.
Brown’s state hasn’t been asked yet and it’s not clear that any non-border state will be asked to provide troops, so she’s basically just mouthing off for points with the base.
Those on the border, such as Republican Governors of Texas and Arizona, are all in on the idea, Governor Abbott saying he already has National Guard deployed on the border.
NPR reported all the recent presidents including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan have ordered National Guard troops to the border, citing drug smuggling and illegal immigration.
Governors can legally refuse Trump unless he federalizes the national guard which he can do. Of course, Brown should be more concerned about her constituents than she is about her political agenda with running for re-election in November.
But perhaps one thing explains why she is being so intransigent. She’s gotten at least one donation of $25,000 from George Soros, which shows exactly where her head is at.
Brown’s campaign spokesman Christian Gaston says the donation shows that Oregon’s progress is “being recognized.” More like she’s being rewarded for selling America’s border out.
Pretty much explains it all.