Senate Urges Rauner To Reject Trump Border Call For Troops
The Illinois Senate is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to reject a presidential call to send National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border.
The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 33-22 Thursday to adopt a resolution urging the GOP governor not to comply if President Donald Trump makes a request.
Chicago Democratic Sen. Martin Sandoval sponsored the resolution a day after Rauner said he'd deploy troops if the Republican president asks. Sandoval says National Guard troops are needed at home and criticized similar moves by former GOP President George W. Bush and Democratic President Barack Obama.
Mattoon GOP Sen. Dale Righter says national security issues should be left to Washington.
Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have pledged state troops and Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown acquiesced on Wednesday.