Gov. Tom Wolf Will Not Send PA National Guard Troops To Border

He calls the request from 5 Congressmen a 'stunt'

Larry Richert and John Shumway
May 28, 2019 - 10:25 am
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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Five Republican Congressman representing Pennsylvania last week urged Governor Tom Wolf to send National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border.

On KDKA Radio with Larry and John, Wolf says he will not assist the Trump administration's efforts.

Wolf says Pennsylvania's National Guard troops will be prioritized for needs in the state as we move into flooding season.

“Here in Pennsylvania we’re going into flooding season, we use the National Guard,” said Wolf. The decision to send the National Guard anywhere is a very, very important, serious decision. You’re breaking up families.”

Wolf calls the request a "stunt," and says he is treating it as such.

There has been no formal request for troops and the Wolf administration will evaluate all requests from the federal government. Congressmen have not authority to request that troops be sent to the border.

Wolf’s staff released a statement to KDKA Radio that reads:

There is no crisis at the border that the federal government cannot handle. This is hyperbole to further a political agenda that seeks to demonize peaceful asylum seekers, many of whom are children, elderly and women.

Further, ahead of the worst storm and flooding season for the commonwealth, it would be irresponsible to preemptively send PA troops to the border when so many federal resources are already available. This is especially true given the lack of federal resources readily available to states for storm and flooding recovery.

We are surprised these congressmen seem more concerned about a border thousands of miles away than keeping PA guardsman close to home where they could be needed.

As we said last year, if the federal government has a request, Governor Wolf would evaluate it like any other request for assistance. But Governor Wolf has no plans to proactively send troops away from their homes and families just to further a political goal. PA Guard troops will be prioritized for needs at home or states facing real natural disasters or emergencies.

Governor Wolf had only said he would definitively not send troops to the border to aid in the cruel practice of separating families.

Pennsylvania troops assisted in disaster relief in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico last year.

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