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Gov. Hogan: Md. National Guard resources removed from border until family separation stops

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan delivers remarks before signing a series of bills at a ceremony in Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he will not deploy any of the state's National Guard resources to the border until the policy of separating undocumented immigrants from their children ends.

Hogan sent out a statement Tuesday saying that he recalled the Maryland National Guard crew members and helicopter from New Mexico amid growing public aversion to the policy.

"Immigration enforcement efforts should focus on criminals, not separating innocent children from their families," Hogan said Monday.

Hogan joins fellow Republican governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, who enacted a similar policy on Monday.

Earlier Tuesday, Ben Jealous, a Democratic candidate in Maryland's upcoming gubernatorial election, called for Hogan to also ban all Maryland resources from being used to separate families at the border.

"There is no question that separating children from their parents is an unconscionable immoral breach of Maryland's values," Jealous had said in a statement before Hogan's announcement. "The only question left remaining is if Larry Hogan will summon the courage to do as other Republicans have done, and take a firm position that this is not how our country should be treating children, and Maryland will not participate in Trump's racist hateful agenda."

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