RALEIGH, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Trump administration's controversial policy of separating migrant families entering the county illegally at the U.S.-Mexico border has sparked debate all over the nation, and North Carolina is no exception.
Tuesday afternoon, NC Governor Roy Cooper recalled National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border today in protest of what he calls the "cruel" policy of separating families who enter the county illegally.
He tweeted out that the North Carolina National Guard would be recalled from the border as a response to the Trump Administration's new "zero-tolerance" policy.
The cruel policy of tearing children away from their parents requires a strong response, and I am recalling the three members of the North Carolina National Guard from the border. - RC— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) June 19, 2018
Meanwhile, a group of anonymous artists took to the streets of Plaza Midwood to display a protest on Tuesday morning.
An animal cage, filled with childlike dolls was on display at the corner of Central and Pecan Avenue with a sign reading, "Stop Caging Children." It also displayed signs, asking people to contact Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.
Tillis took to Twitter on Tuesday, writing: "We should not be separating children migrants from their families. COngress can take action to provide better long-term certainty and consistency on this issue in a way that does not incentivize unauthorized border crossings. Our nation is long-overdue for commonsense immigration reform, particularly when it comes to providing a path to naturalization for DACA recipients and securing our borders. I believe we can strike that right balance between being compassionate -- specially towards children who were brought here through no fault of their own -- and also being being smart by taking steps needed to prevent future illegal immigration."
Burr sent a statement to FOX 46 Charlotte reading: “The president is enforcing a longstanding law that requires adults crossing the border illegally face criminal penalties. The previous Administration ignored the law, and as a result family border crossings increased by 400 percent in President Obama’s last three years in office. The fact is that any changes to current law must be made by Congress. I am open and willing to consider any legislative proposals with bipartisan support that resolve the issue of family separation while securing our border.”
The Trump administration is facing backlash from both Democrats and Republicans over the controversial policy of detaining children and parents who enter the country illegally in separate facilities.
Cooper is hoping to send a strong message by recalling the National Guard troops, and Plaza Midwood's anonymous street artists are hoping to do the same.