RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Gov. Ralph Northam recalled Virginia National Guard troops from the U.S. Southwest border Tuesday.
This is in response to the federal government's enforcement of a “zero-tolerance” policy that separates immigrant children from their families, according to a release.
Northam says that while Virginia benefits from the work of securing the U.S. border, he says that we also have a "responsibility to stand up to policies or actions that run afoul of the values that define us as Americans."
Northam spoke with the Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard Tuesday, where he then ordered him to withdraw four soldiers and one helicopter from Arizona. He says these troops will be withdrawn until until the federal government ends its enforcement of a zero-tolerance policy that separates children from their parents.
“When Virginia deployed these resources to the border, we expected that they would play a role in preventing criminals, drug runners and other threats to our security from crossing into the United States—not supporting a policy of arresting families and separating children from their parents," Northam said.
Northam says he wants to continue to keep the nation safe, but believes the "zero-tolerance" policy is "inhumane."