Author: Jeremy B White
Dozens of state-elected officials have condemned Trump administration policies that have broken up migrant families, with Republican governors among those vowing to stop aiding the federal government.
Under a newly unveiled “zero tolerance” stance, the administration has begun prosecuting all adults who cross the US-Mexico border illegally.
The change has the effect of separating parents who face prosecution from their children, with federal officials saying this week that more than 2,000 juveniles were split from their families between early May and early June.
As images of caged children and audio of young people wailing for their parents have circulated widely, the Trump administration has been confronting a widening political backlash.
Multiple governors have said they would recall National Guard troops deployed to the US border to assist with security. Among them were two Republicans: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, whose spokesperson released a statement lambasting the “inhumane treatment of children”, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
“Until this policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded, Maryland will not deploy any National Guard resources to the border,” Mr Hogan said in a statement. A day earlier, he had cautioned that “immigration enforcement efforts should focus on criminals, not separating innocent children from their families”.
A group of Democratic state attorneys general sent a letter to US attorney general Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security chief Kirsten Njielsen warning that the zero tolerance policy was “inhumane” and could violate children’s rights and equal protection guarantees.