Walker Sends National Guard to Border to Help Trump Rip Children from Their Families

Wisconsin National Guard troops are following Governor Scott Walker’s directive to deploy to the US-Mexico border starting today.

Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker has recalled the Massachusetts National Guard from border deployment, but Walker stays the course

A 2014 rally against ICE separating immigrant families in front of the Milwaukee ICE office. Photo credit: Joe Brusky.

Milwaukee – On Monday, the Wisconsin National Guard announced they had deployed troops to the US-Mexico border, in accordance with Governor Scott Walker’s declaration in April that he would send Wisconsin National Guard troops to the border as part of President Trump’s request for governors to do so. Walker’s action comes as nationwide outcry grows against the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border. Also on Monday, Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker cancelled his decision to send National Guard troops to the border because of Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents. Voces de la Frontera and the New Sanctuary Movement of Milwaukee will hold an interfaith rally at 9am on Thursday, June 21st, at the Milwaukee ICE office (310 E. Knapp St.) in protest of Trump’s efforts to separate immigrant families at the border and in Wisconsin. 

“We call on Governor Walker to immediately recall our National Guard troops back to their homes in Wisconsin, and to stop aiding Donald Trump’s cruel war on immigrant families,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. “Walker must join with many members of his own party and demand Trump end his cruel, immoral efforts to separate immigrant families at the border and in our own communities here in Wisconsin, like the family of Franco Ferreyra, a father of 4 who qualifies for DACA but who was detained by ICE as part of Trump’s escalated efforts to separate immigrant families throughout the country. Scott Walker is enabling Trump as he builds prison camps for children and terrorizes millions of families. We demand Governor Walker recall the National Guard troops back to Wisconsin.”

Monday, June 18th, 2018 | Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org

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