- Governor Hutchinson said sending troops to the border with private funds set “a bad precedent”.
- “This is a function of the state,” he told host Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union”.
- Governor Noem has received a donation that will be used to support efforts at the US-Mexico border.
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GOP Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said Sunday that the deployment of a state’s National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border with private funds was “a bad precedent.”
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash asked Hutchinson about fellow Republican governor Kristi Noem decision to use a donation from Tennessee billionaire Willis Johnson to send 50 members of the South Dakota National Guard to the border.
Last week Hutchinson ad that he would deploy Arkansas National Guard troops to the border, the latest round of a GOP nationwide push to highlight the push in migrants’ attempts to cross borders These last months.
However, Hutchinson does not use private funding and criticized Noem for doing so.
“Would you use a political donation to send your troops to the border?” Bash asked.
“Not for this purpose,” replied Hutchinson. “It’s a function of the state. It’s something that we respond to other states in terms of disaster.”
He added: “I would consider it a bad precedent to have it funded by the private sector. Now whenever you consider extra pay for some government employees, we use the money from a foundation. private, so it’s not a general rule against that. “
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Johnson directed the funding to South Dakota through his family foundation and told the New York Times last week that he wanted to help border security efforts.
“You have illegal immigrants coming in and I just think they should follow America’s rules,” he told the newspaper. “South Dakota is a small state. They want to help America, I want to help them.”
Noem, a former congressman seen as a potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate, said the million dollar donation from Johnson came as “a surprise”.
By sending troops to the border, the governor continues to enhance her national image with Conservative voters.
“The border is a national security crisis that requires the kind of sustained response that only the National Guard can provide,” she said last week. “We shouldn’t make our own communities less safe by sending in our police or highway patrol to solve a long-term problem, President [Joe] Biden’s administration seems unable or unwilling to resolve. “
Last month, GOP Governor Ron DeSantis, another possible 2024 presidential candidate, deployed law enforcement officers at the border.