Gov. Walker defends decision to send WI national Guard to Arizona-Mexico border

Calls other decision to pull out purely political

During a stop in La Crosse, Governor Walker defended his decision to send Wisconsin National Guard members to the Arizona, Mexico border.

The statement came as at least 8 other states decided to pull their National Guard members from the border. The other Governors, from both the Democrat and Republican parties, made their decisions as the debate over separating children at the border heated up.

Walker says Wisconsin troops will not be the ones interacting with illegal immigrants, and instead will serve in a purely supportive role.

“The only thing that has changed is that some people are trying to make this a political issue when it is not. It is something that is not any different when we talked about this a month or two back,” said Walker.

The Wisconsin National Guard announced they were planning on sending troops earlier this week. About 2 dozen service members had volunteered for the deployment at the time.