Is there something in the oath of office for state governors with the last name Brown that requires them to defy President Donald Trump? We only ask because like California Governor Jerry Brown, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is choosing illegal immigrants over securing the U.S. border.
On Wednesday, Trump signed a proclamation sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. The proclamation came partly in response to news that roughly 1500 illegal immigrants were marching towards the Southern border.
To assist Customs and Border Patrol agents to curb the influx of drugs and illegals, the president is sending between two and four thousand Guard members. While Trump’s decision is not unprecedented, some Democrats are criticizing him for “militarizing” the border.
Governor Brown of Oregon is one of them.
“If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no,” Brown tweeted on Wednesday. “As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.”
Ironically, her refusal is only possible thanks to Trump. Rather than order states to call up the National Guard, the president made it voluntary. However, he does have the authority to federalize guardsmen into active-duty, which would force Kate Brown to comply.
Of course, Brown’s grandstanding came without a formal request for assistance.
She confirmed as much while taking a cheap shot at Trump. “There’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials,” wrote the governor. “And I have no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington.”