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Governor Responsible For Death of Lavoy Finicum Refuses To Send Nat’l Guard To Border #Trump #Oregon #border

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The governor of Oregon says she’ll resist any attempt by Donald Trump to deploy her state’s National Guard detachment to protect America’s southern border, and California’s governor appears poised to follow suit.

The same governor that is defying the President is also directly responsible for the death of rancher Lavoy Finicum.

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The president signed a proclamation on Wednesday that orders Defense Secretary James Mattis to ‘request use of National Guard personnel to assist’ with the Homeland Security Department’s existing border patrol operations.

‘If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no,’ Oregon Gov. Kate Brown tweeted Wednesday. ‘As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.’

Oregon is about 1,000 miles from where the U.S. ends and Mexico begins.

The Washington Times reports that Brown acknowledged in a second posting that ‘[t]here’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials,’ but insisted that she has ‘no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington.’

Presidents can call up National Guard units using two different legal authorities, both enacted by Congress in 1956.

One, known as Title 10, would allow Trump to ‘federalize’ the Guard, ordering it to assemble for ‘active duty.’ That is typically reserved for wartime deployment or an officially declared ‘state of emergency. It also would apply if there were an open rebellion against the government.

But Trump invoked the weaker Title 32 law, which puts the burden on governors to order the Guard to duty ‘for operational Homeland Defense activities,’ according to a the National Guard Association of the U.S.

That means Oregon’s governor and others can ignore the president’s order entirely – or refuse it publicly.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, said Wednesday that he welcomes the National Guard order from Washington, and noted that ‘Texas has maintained a continuous presence of National Guard members along the border’ since he took office.

Oregon is nowhere near Mexico. But like Texas, California is – and Golden State governor Jerry Brown is the only Democrat serving as chief executive of a state that shares America’s southern border.

In Obama’s border deployment, Guard troops were limited to advisory and observer roles, serving as extra eyes and ears for U.S. Border Patrol units and often limited to using binoculars in guard towers.

Under rules of engagement issued by Obama’s Pentagon, they were forbidden to pursue, confront or detain suspects, including illegal immigrants.

They also couldn’t make arrests, stop or search vehicles, or seize drugs.

Trump’s Defense Department hasn’t said what Guard troops will be told this time around, but the president’s proclamation specifies that their mission would be ‘to stop the flow of deadly drugs and other contraband, gang members and other criminals, and illegal aliens into this country.’

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Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
April 6th, 2018

 

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