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Governor of Oregon says she won't give Trump troops for border protection initiative

FILE - In this June 20, 2008, file photo, members of the 200th Red Horse Air National Guard Civil Engineering Squadron from Camp Perry in Ohio, including Tech Sgt. David Hughes, right, and Tech Sgt. William Bunker, second from right, work on building a road at the border in Nogales, Ariz. President Donald Trump said April 3, 2018, he wants to use the military to secure the U.S.-Mexico border until his promised border wall is built. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

WASHINGTON (Circa) - Oregon's Governor Kate Brown said she would block President Trump from activating National Guard troops from her state, according to The Oregonian.

The Democratic governor issued a tweet saying she was troubled by the president's recent actions and that she will answer "no" if her troops are called to serve along the border.

She then added that troops from her state, have not formally been requested at this time.

The president Trump announced that he intended to send National Guard Troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and formally signed the proclamation to mobilize units, Wednesday. The president is sending the troops to combat illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Trump said the situation had reached a "point of crisis."

However, it has not been determined how many troops the president will send. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Thursday, "we're going to be sending as many troops as we need."

Nielsen will hold discussions with California's Governor Jerry Brown to earn his support for the proclamation, The Associated Press reported.

If the president "federalizes" the National Guard troops then the governor could not override Trump's orders. That has not happened yet.

In 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry sent nearly 1,000 guardsmen to the state's southern border to deal with similar issues. Gov. Gregg Abbott, the current governor of Texas, also increased the number of troops along the border and increased funding for the resources to maintain the operation there.



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