A day after signing legislation to protect Rhode Island’s Dreamers, Governor Gina M. Raimondo issued a declarative statement this morning saying that Rhode Island will not send the Rhode Island National Guard to the southern border to support the Trump Administration’s policy of family separation:
“The Trump Administration’s family separation policy is immoral, unjust and un-American. I have not yet been asked, but if I am, I will not deploy units from the Rhode Island National Guard to the southern border to support the Administration’s policy that is ripping families apart.
“Children should be with their families, not trapped in cages, sobbing and calling out for their parents. The Administration’s immigration policy goes against everything we value as Rhode Islanders, as Americans and as decent people.
“The President alone can end family separation. I’m standing with all good-hearted people in our nation and calling on President Trump to end this inhumane policy.”
Governor Raimondo is the commander-in-chief of the Rhode Island National Guard.