MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has issued an executive order to withdraw the Wisconsin National Guard from Arizona.
Currently, Evers’ office says there are about 112 soldiers and airmen from Wisconsin serving in Arizona after being deployed to help with border security.
Evers says it is the responsibility of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to keep borders safe and crime-free, and that there isn’t enough evidence to support President Trump’s contention that there is a national security crisis at the southwest border.
“Keeping all of our borders safe and crime-free, and protecting immigrants who seek asylum at our borders, many of whom are women and children, is the responsibility of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. There is simply not ample evidence to support the president’s contention that there exists a national security crisis at our southwestern border. Therefore, there is no justification for the ongoing presence of Wisconsin National Guard personnel at the border. I cannot support keeping our brave service men and women away from their families without a clear need or purpose that would actively benefit the people of Wisconsin or our nation.”
A full copy of the Executive Order can be found below: