The governors of Maryland and Virginia ordered the recall of members of the National Guard they sent to the U.S-Mexico border and vowed not to deploy other resources until a federal policy of separating immigrant children from their families is rescinded.
Gov. Larry Hogan said Maryland would recall the four members of the National Guard he sent to the U.S.-Mexico border. Later Tuesday, Gov. Ralph Northam said Virginia also would recall four soldiers and pull a helicopter from the border.
Hogan tweeted that Washington has failed repeatedly to deliver needed immigration reform. The governor says Congress and President Donald Trump's administration "must step up and work together to fix our broken system."
Hogan says immigration enforcement efforts "should focus on criminals, not separating innocent children from their families."
Northam said in a statement that Virginia has a "responsibility to stand up to policies or actions that run afoul of the values that define us as Americans."
“When Virginia deployed these resources to the border, we expected that they would play a role in preventing criminals, drug runners and other threats to our security from crossing into the United States—not supporting a policy of arresting families and separating children from their parents," he said.