Oregon Governor will defy Trump’s order to militarize Mexico border

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a memo deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to curb what he called a “surge of illegal activity” until his border wall is built, but at least one governor is prepared to defy the request.

Trump’s memo to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the National Guard would be deployed “to stop the flow of deadly drugs and other contraband, gang members and other criminals, and illegal aliens into this country.”

But there was no indication as to when and where the troops would be sent, and the costs of such an order remain unclear.

Because of this, Oregon’s Democratic Governor Kate Brown expressed reservations about the decision, saying the federal government had not contacted her state on the matter. Brown said she would not order Oregon’s National Guard to the border under such circumstances.

“If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border,” Brown said on Twitter Wednesday evening. “There’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials, and I have no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington.”

Despite illegal border crossing arrests reaching their lowest levels since 1971 last year, Trump has ramped up his tweets attacking the U.S. and Mexico’s immigration policies over the past few days.

That said, Trump’s directive is not unprecedented, as the National Guard had also been sent to the border by former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.