Should Maine Send National Guard Pilots To Border? [POLL]
Two National Guard Pilots from Maine are being sent to the Mexican border to help with efforts there, but is this the right decision? Let us know what you think.
Governor Paul LePage has approved a federal request to send a National Guard helicopter with two pilots to the border between the U.S. and Mexico. He says the team will support Customs and Border Patrol in Arizona from July through September, but won't be directly involved in any law enforcement activities. According to the Military Times, Maine has sent 389 service members to the Mexican border since 2006.
Many other states have withdrawn their troop support or are reversing decisions to offer support, including Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, and Virginia. Many, including Virginia's Governor Ralph Northam, have expressed similar sentiments that they expected the resources would be used to stop drug runners, criminals, and others from threatening the security of our nation, but not to support a policy of "arresting families and separating children from their parents."
We're interested to know what you think of the decision to send our National Guard pilots to aid in the Customs and Border Patrol efforts on the border. Is it a good decision? Or should we join the other states in protesting the current activities on the Mexican border?