Gov. Walker says Wisconsin National Guard will stay at the border

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- As thousands are being detained after crossing the United States-Mexico border illegally, Wisconsin National Guard troops are being sent to Arizona to assist in border security in the state.

Children in custody at U.S. Border Patrol's Central Processing Station in McAllen, Texas, May 23, 2018 -- Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

At a stop in La Crosse on Wednesday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says the move is not something he will rescind.

"In this case, I've said I still think it's appropriate for not only the Wisconsin National Guard, but other National Guard units to be at the border. Just as Barack Obama when he was President, sent the National Guard there. Just as George W. Bush did and George Herbert Walker Bush did before. So this is not inconsistent, what I've talked about is the policies that relate to the use of the National Guard," said Walker.

Walker says the National Guard is only in Arizona for a support role and are not involved in law enforcement.

29 lawmakers in Wisconsin recently signed a letter urging Governor Walker to rescind the offer of National Guard troops and send a message to President Trump.

"With Governor Walker's decision to support President Trump's crackdown on refugees, it demonstrates a lack of leadership and compassion by Scott Walker to send National Guard troops from Wisconsin down to the border," said Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), one of the lawmakers who signed the letter.

On the same day President Trump signed an executive order to keep families together, Governor Walker says the issue is not his to weigh in on.

"Well I think there's going to be a change. I talked to the Speaker of the House last night about some other issues and he brought up the House is going to bring up something, apparently on Thursday, so I think it's a matter of time. Which is yet another reason why I leave that up to federal officials, they don't need someone who doesn't have jurisdiction pushing the process when I think it's going to be resolved probably in short order here," said Walker.

Other governors across the country have rescinded their National Guard troops from the border.

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