Blumenauer Statement on Trump’s Plan to Send National Guard Troops to U.S. - Mexico Border

April 4, 2018
Press Release

Portland, OR - Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on Trump's plan to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border: 

"Trump's plans to deploy National Guard troops to our southern border is a complete misuse of our armed forces. Last year, the number of undocumented immigrants apprehended at the border was at its lowest level since 1971. This has absolutely nothing to do with our safety, and everything to do with fearmongering and Trump’s instability.

"Recent history shows that troop deployments to the border have provided little in the way of slowing the trickle of illegal immigration compared to the costs involved with mobilizing National Guard units. The cost is substantial to the federal government, but even more so to the National Guard troops that have to put their lives on hold to fulfill this frivolous mission. It’s also disruptive to their families and their employers. 

"Our military is stretched to the breaking point. The men and women in the National Guard paid a heavy price for the disastrous war in Iraq. They had incredible responsibilities in Afghanistan, and have stepped up again and again in times of natural disaster. We cannot afford to be wasting our precious human resources on an objective that is so clearly political. The vast majority of these individuals are simply fleeing violence and persecution in search of a better life. They pose no threat to our national security. Mobilizing the National Guard against them is asinine and flat out wrong.

"This is all about Trump’s ego and a foolish campaign promise. The National Guard should not have to pay the price, again."