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Kasich says he’d send Ohio National Guard to Mexico border if Trump asked
Bennett Leckrone Columbus Dispatch
(April 5, 2018) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich would authorize the use of the Ohio National Guard to support President Trump’s push for border security if the President asked him to, he said on Thursday.
“He’s the President,” Kasich said. “If he says that there’s a reason to go, I don’t see a reason why we wouldn’t accommodate.”
Kasich said the Ohio National Guard has participated in similar events before.
Trump signed a proclamation on Wednesday directing the deployment of the National Guard to curb illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border. The proclamation came amidst reports of a “caravan” of migrants moving through Mexico, per an Associated Press report.
According to a Washington Post report, Trump wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border, where “a large portion of them” would stay indefinitely.
“We’re going to be doing things militarily,” Trump said in the Associated Press report. “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military.”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a release that it would be working with the governors of southern border states to determine the number of National Guard troops that would be deployed to the border.
Other governors were also supportive of Trump’s plan, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
“Today’s action by the Trump Administration reinforces Texas’ longstanding commitment to secure our southern border and uphold the Rule of Law, and I welcome the support,” Abbott said in a release.