|Gov.-elect Tony Evers is shown during an interview Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Madison, Wis. (Photo11: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Monday pulling back Wisconsin troops from the U.S. border with Mexico.
Evers said he is withdrawing the 112 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers and airmen from Arizona because "there is simply not ample evidence to support the president's contention that there exists a national security crisis at our southwestern border."
"Therefore, there is no justification for the ongoing presence of Wisconsin National Guard personnel at the border," Evers said. "I cannot support keeping our brave service men and women away from their families without a clear need or purpose that would actively benefit the people of Wisconsin or our nation.”
Evers said border security is "the responsibility of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol."