On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum authorizing the deployment of Army National Guard forces to the United States border with Mexico. It is the latest variation on his campaign promised border wall.
The president struggled to secure funding for his wall, which is opposed by the majority of Americans.
He also proved unable to deploy active duty military to cover his campaign promise due to more pressing concerns facing the U.S. military.
Presidential Memorandum to Authorize the Deployment of the National Guard to the Southern Border: pic.twitter.com/DAWSZfIAJ2
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) April 5, 2018
During his presidential campaign, Trump famously claimed Mexico would pay for his border wall. Mexico unequivocally declined the request.
Mexico reply 2 Trump:
1 Wont pay wall
2 Crime: joint US/MX issue
3 Will remain at NAFTA table
4 Wont negotiate via SM
5 Offers help w/Harvey https://t.co/KRXp1AWera
— José Díaz-Briseño (@diazbriseno) August 27, 2017
Out of options and desperate for a solution to a major campaign promise over a year after taking office, the president decided to deploy the National Guard.
However, each state maintains their own guard. While some governors have stated support for the president’s memo, not everyone is on board.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown says her answer is ‘no’.
Employing Trump’s favorite form of communication, the Democratic governor of Oregon made her views clear in a series of Tweets from her official Twitter account.
If (President Trump) 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.”
“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.”
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.
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) April 4, 2018
Thank you, Gov. Brown. We Oregonians appreciate your strong leadership.
— parker 🌊🌲🦉 (@Pnwowl) April 4, 2018
However, several Republican governors Tweeted their support for the president’s plan to use their guard at the U.S. Mexico border.
President Trump is following through on his promises to secure our borders. I’ve seen firsthand the dedication & determination of the men & women in the @SCNationalGuard, & I know that if they are called to serve, they will once again make our state proud. https://t.co/VQo5OKAW4v
— Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) April 4, 2018
Arizona Governor @DougDucey responded to today’s announcement that the #Trump administration will be sending members of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border. https://t.co/0g4wFAzvjR pic.twitter.com/GsmgKN9ngm
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 5, 2018
Texas already has the National Guard and Dept. of Public Safety deployed to the border. https://t.co/HFNfC9ckRH
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 2, 2018
But not all Americans are showing the same support.
I’m fairly certain this is not an emergency. It’s not war. Mexico is an ally but Trump is quickly turning the world against us.
— MarieLouiseDubois #resist #bluewave (@MarieLDubois1) April 5, 2018
Proclamation by @realDonaldTrump doesn’t actually send National Guard troops to the border. Because @POTUS is using Title 32 authority–instead of federalizing the Guard under Title 10–this is a REQUEST for state Governors to send troops.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 5, 2018
This is so Trumpian – signing a document that asks everyone else to spend their resources, and putting his name on it.
Surprised he didn’t literally call it “Trump Border Guard” or something. https://t.co/uG646CDgTS
— Michael Tutty (@mtutty) April 5, 2018
.Trump’s military “militrarily” border guard bullshit is purely to appease the Coulter crowd
— Jo Diddley (@jot_au) April 5, 2018
You’re wrong on the border. Guard troops have other jobs, families, children. Lots of them are also law enforcement. @realDonaldTrump is sending them to the border, leaving their families and jobs, not to mention the costs, for nothing more than a photo op. No emergency
— Betsy Rawls (@rawlsba) April 5, 2018
I think @realDonaldTrump must be a great coward to panic over people fleeing from oppression! I think our founding fathers would have found his actions deplorable, he certainly would not have been a leader back then, or esteemed by anyone. Why isn’t the Border Guard up to the job
— Sandra Warmbreath (@warmbreath) April 4, 2018
For no reason whatsoever throwing away money hurting economy and your donors won’t go well for you
— Bud T Perro 44 (@budtparro) April 5, 2018
In other words, Dan, your guy has to ask permission to utilize National Guard, which means this is a lot of legalese for “Trump talks bigly, but isn’t going to do a thing.”
— Illuminate (@illumineNO) April 5, 2018
For what? He's incompetent, and can't get the things that he promised, so he's going to damage military readiness by having soldiers who are legally prohibited from doing anything, waste time sitting in camps in Texas.
— Mueller Time (@Darth_Timber) April 5, 2018
There's no invasion. Traffic from Mexico has been decreasing steadily for about 18 years. There's no invasion. pic.twitter.com/VUNQYE33P5
— Bobby (@bcrogs) April 5, 2018