On Monday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, announced that he’s no longer willing to send National Guard troops to the border. Baker’s decision came following reports of the federal government’s mistreatment of migrant kids.
Governors around the country promptly followed suit.
New York Democrat Andrew Cuomo—a fervent proponent of immigrants’ rights—declared that New York state would not participate in the forced separation of kids from their parents.
“New York will not be party to this inhumane treatment of immigrant families. We will not deploy National Guard to the border, and we will not be complicit in a political agenda that governs by fear and division,” Cuomo announced over Twitter.
Cuomo’s pledge came at the heels of a public statement by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, who signed an executive order “limiting use of state resources to separate children from parents or legal guardians on sole ground of immigration status,” NBC reported.
On Monday, the Trump administration doubled down on the federal government’s actions on the border.
“The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won’t be,” Trump pledged. “If you look at what’s happening in Europe, if you look at what’s happening in other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the United States — not on my watch.”
The President didn’t specify how separating kids from their families and incarcerating them gives America a leg-up on Europe in dealing with the migrant crisis in a humanitarian manner.