Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said on June 19 that, as the commander-in-chief of the R.I. National Guard, she would not send any units to the southern U.S. border, even if asked, to help President Donald Trump enforce his recently ended policy of separating families that cross the border without documentation. Is this an appropriate use of gubernatorial discretion, given that immigration policy is the purview of federal authorities? Should she withhold the state’s troops, even if the president decides they are needed?
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