Gov. Edwards keeps La.’s National Guard at Texas border

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Rep. Gary Carter, D-New Orleans, urged the Louisiana National Guard to recall a helicopter support team at the Texas border. (Photo: Sarah Gamard)

Joby Richard

Even after a public expression of distress by a state legislator, Gov. John Bel Edwards decided last Wednesday to leave a Louisiana National Guard support team at the Texas border until mid-July.

“I, like many people, am deeply disturbed by the unnecessary and abhorrent policy of separating children from their families,” Edwards said.

But Edwards added that the Louisiana team, which responded in May to a routine request to assist Texas with border security, would finish its job. Louisiana sent assets along with eight other states.

Edwards issued his statement after disturbing images emerged out of southern Texas. President Trump said last Wednesday that he would reverse part of his zero-tolerance policy for people illegally crossing the border and having their families separated.

Read the story in The Weekly Citizen.

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