New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday he will not deploy the National Guard to the border amid growing criticism towards the Trump administration’s policies toward immigrant children.
“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s policy and practice of separating children from their parents when arriving at the southern border is offensive to our core values as Coloradans and as a country,” the executive order reads. “The administration announced a ‘zero tolerance’ policy in the spring of 2018 resulting in family separations. The administration has recently stated that the purpose of the policy is to intimidate immigrants and deter crossings.”
The Justice Department instituted in April a “zero-tolerance” immigration policy aimed at countering illegal border crossings, resulting in 1,995 children being separated from adults between April 19 and May 31.