Gov Baker of MA (R) cancels deployment of National Guard citing Trump cruelty

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A Republican with the spine and cojones to do what is right? - Refreshing! :1thumbup:

Governor Charlie Baker is canceling the deployment of Massachusetts National Guard troops to the border in light of recent reports about the Trump Administration’s practice of separating immigrant children from families.

“Governor Baker directed the National Guard not to send any assets or personnel to the Southwest border today because the federal government’s current actions are resulting in the inhumane treatment of children,” said Baker communications director Lizzy Guyton in a statement sent to WGBH News.

State officials announced early in June that Massachusetts National Guard troops would be deployed to the border to support in security operations. One helicopter, aircrew, and military analysts from Massachusetts were set to head to the border at the end of June.

The crew was to “provide aviation reconnaissance to offer an additional tool for observation and tracking of unlawful activity in the region,” according to the Mass National Guard.

The cancellation comes amid increased scrutiny over the Trump Administration's practice of separating children from families at the border, in some cases detaining children in makeshift facilities and, in one facility in Texas, cages. The practice has been condemned by the United Nations, a coalition of Catholic bishops, and numerous public officials, including former First Lady Laura Bush.

https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-new...g-inhumane-treatment-of-children-and-families
 
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Ian Jeffrey

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Note, however, that "Congress shall have the power ... To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union ..." U.S. Const. art. I, § 8, cl. 15. The Massachusetts governor could be denied the choice (though I have not reviewed the extent to which federal law puts this constitutional provision into practice in this context).
 
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Note, however, that "Congress shall have the power ... To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union ..." U.S. Const. art. I, § 8, cl. 15. The Massachusetts governor could be denied the choice (though I have not reviewed the extent to which federal law puts this constitutional provision into practice in this context).
I think they did that when Wallace used the NG to prevent desegregation of a school back in the day.
 
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Ian Jeffrey

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I think they did that when Wallace used the NG to prevent segregation of a school back in the day.
I have the same recollection (from school ... it was before my time). But, of course, that was a high-profile case. I am sure it happens more often in more routine, less controversial situation than that.
 
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Border Patrol Union Chief says the deployment is a big waste of reasources.

Seems the troops can not go out on their own, they have no training. They have to mirror agents. They, for some reason can not do surveillance.

BP was hoping these troops could take up maintenance duties of road repair and maintenance on the fence freeing up agents for the field.

For all intensive purposes, the BP is baby-sitting.


Border Patrol union chief slams National Guard deployment as 'colossal waste'

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/b...guard-deployment-as-colossal-waste/ar-AAxOrT4
 
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Note, however, that "Congress shall have the power ... To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union ..." U.S. Const. art. I, § 8, cl. 15. The Massachusetts governor could be denied the choice (though I have not reviewed the extent to which federal law puts this constitutional provision into practice in this context).

In the constitution, does "militia" only apply to the National Guard, or could Congress actually call forth a gang of Bubbas with AR-15s?