The Latest: Nevada governor opposes Trump border troops plan
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s plan to send up to 4,000 National Guard members to the Mexico border to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking (all times local):
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is the latest governor to oppose President Donald Trump’s proposal to send thousands of National Guard members to the Mexico border to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
Sandoval’s spokeswoman, Mary-Sarah Kinner, said Friday in an email to The Associated Press that the Trump administration has not contacted the Republican governor’s office about the idea.
She says Sandoval doesn’t believe the current proposal would be “an appropriate use” of the Nevada Guard.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, both Democrats, also said this week that they would say no to requests for troops from their national guards.
Trump wants to send up to 4,000 Guard members to the border.
The Republican governors of border states Arizona, New Mexico and Texas back the deployment.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says he will send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border if asked.
President Donald Trump said Thursday he wants to send up to 4,000 Guard members to the border to help federal officials fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
The Republican Burgum said in a statement from his office Friday that governors of states along the border with Mexico are in the best position to say whether Guard troops are needed.
But he says North Dakota supports those states and will help if asked.
The North Dakota Guard provided air, ground and engineering support along the Mexico border under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.