- ‘If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no,’ says Oregon’s Democratic governor Kate Brown
- Presidents can call up National Guard units using two different legal authorities, both enacted by Congress in 1956
- Trump used the weaker of the two on Wednesday, putting the burden on governors to order Guard to duty ‘for operational Homeland Defense activities’
- That means Oregon’s governor and others can ignore the president’s order entirely – or refuse it publicly
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 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.
But governors, whose duties include commanding their states’ Guard units, can say no.
‘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.