Carney issues firm no to request to deploy National Guard members in border area

National Guard troops supplying Blades with water earlier this year. The Lewes water notice, unlike Blades covers only drinking water. Blades water had an elevated level of a chemical that affected the entire supply. Blades has since installed a filtration system. (National Guard photo).

Delaware Gov. John Carney  rejected a request to send National Guard members to the Mexican border area, citing the controversial policy of separating children from detained parents.

“I take my job as Commander-in-Chief of the  Delaware National Guard.  extremely seriously. In the last year, we’ve sent Guardsmen and women to Texas, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico to help our fellow citizens cope with natural disasters. We’ve sent Delaware Guardsmen and women overseas to keep us safe. I’m extremely proud of Delaware’s soldiers and airmen and women. Today, we received a request to send Delaware National Guard troops to the southwest border. Under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t hesitate to answer the call. But given what we know about the policies currently in effect at the border, I can’t in good conscience send Delawareans to help with that mission,” Carney stated.

Carney continued, “If President Trump revokes the current inhumane policy of separating children from their parents, Delaware will be first in line to assist our sister states in securing the border. I served in Congress, and I watched for six years as that body failed to pass a comprehensive immigration policy that would secure our borders in a way that upholds the values of this great country. Congress and the President need to step up and fix the mess that our immigration system has become.”

Earlier Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced he would pull a Guard helicopter crew from the border area, with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker making a similar announcement. Both are Republicans but have kept their distance from the Trump Administration.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a  Democrat, ordered troops from the Commonwealth out of border duties.  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Trump ally, ordered deployment. 


There has been criticism that over claims of confusion over the deployment of Guard members in aiding border security, with one report of members   shoveling manure and changing tires. 

Carney’s actions earned widespread  praise on his Facebook page, a contrast to the usually caustic comments that accompany his announcements.