Rhode Island governor would not deploy National Guard over Trump family separation policy

Rhode Island governor would not deploy National Guard over Trump family separation policy
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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) announced on Tuesday that she would not deploy the state's National Guard units to the U.S.-Mexico border if asked, citing President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE's family separation policy. 

"The Trump Administration's family separation policy is immoral, unjust, and un-American," Raimondo said in a statement. "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." 

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Raimondo's announcement comes just a day after multiple governors made similar moves in response to Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has resulted in the separations of families at the border. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) canceled his state's National Guard's deployment, which was scheduled for the end of June. He said the decision was made because of the Trump administration's "inhumane treatment of children.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) also announced on Monday that he would not send the state's National Guard units to the border. And Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed an executive order that bars state agencies from using state resources in carrying out Trump's policy. 

The governors' decisions come as Republican and Democratic lawmakers call for Trump to end the policy, which has resulted in nearly 2,000 children being separated from their parents between mid-April and the end of May, according to The Associated Press.

Trump continues to blame Democrats for the policy, and on Tuesday tweeted that it was the Democratic Party that was the problem. 

"Democrats are the problem," Trump tweeted. "They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!"