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Governor Ducey to not pull National Guard troops from border

Posted at 7:22 PM, Jun 20, 2018

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says he will not join other governors in pulling their National Guard members from the border.

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The troops were deployed to assist the U.S. Border Patrol, but governors of several states reversed their plans in protest of President Trump's zero tolerance and family separation policies.

"I am a border governor," Ducey said. "The safety and security of Arizona citizens comes first for me, and we can do that and keep families together."  

Ducey said his heart breaks for the kids who have been separated from their undocumented immigrant parents. At the same time, there is a surge of illegal border crossers.

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"We want to do the right thing," Ducey said. 

"I don't want to see families separated, but I also want to be supportive of the Americans who are serving as border agents and Customs and Border Protection, and there's a right way to do this and a humane way to do this."

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