Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval speaks during a bill signing event inside the Tesla Energy Warehouse in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent Follow @DanJClarkPhoto

At least three candidates running to succeed Gov. Brian Sandoval agree with the termed-out governor’s decision to not send National Guard members to the border with Mexico.

Sandoval’s comments came in the wake of President Donald Trump’s administration announcement last week that it would request a planned National Guard deployment on the U.S. border with Mexico and authorized up to 4,000 National Guard troops to be mobilized by state governors.

Texas and Arizona have already deployed several hundred Guard members to the border, and California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that the state would mobilize 400 Guard troops, but emphasized that they would be focused on law enforcement and not implementing immigration law.

Federal law prohibits members of the military from conducting law enforcement actions domestically, unless given explicit permission by Congress. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said last week that the deployments would be similar to ones called for by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Still, governors in several states including Nevada and Oregon have said they wouldn’t send National Guard troops — a position shared by some of the state’s top gubernatorial candidates. The top two Democratic candidates — Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani —  both said they would oppose sending Nevada National Guard members to the border.

“Our men and women in uniform volunteer to serve and protect our country, not to be used as political pawns to advance an irrational immigration agenda,” Sisolak said in an emailed statement. “I agree with Governor Sandoval’s decision not to deploy the Nevada National Guard to the border.”

“Governor Sandoval was right to say that this meaningless, mean-spirited plan is not appropriate,” Giunchiglinai said in an emailed statement. “The state of Nevada doesn’t need to carry out the Trump Administration’s far-right, fear-based agenda.”

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Schwartz’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment, but the state treasurer told conservative talk radio host Kevin Wall in a Tuesday interview that he would want to see more information before sending Guard members to the border.

“There’s a big step up between ICE and the border patrol and putting federal troops there,” he said. “And I just don’t know why right now we have to make that move. Maybe we do, maybe the governor, maybe the president have better information than I do, but I would want some better answers as to why now.”

Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s office also did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

Independent gubernatorial hopeful Ryan Bundy — the son of controversial southern Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy — told 360daily.net that as governor he would “honor President Trump’s request” to send National Guard members to the border.

In an earlier statement, Sandoval’s office said that while it hadn’t been approached by the federal government to send state National Guard troops to the border, the governor did not think the administration’s proposed plan was “appropriate.”

“In the past, the Nevada Army National Guard has participated in Border Security missions, which amounted to both surveillance and life-saving mission sets in the performance of their border duties,” Sandoval spokeswoman Mary-Sarah Kinner said last week. “If a proposal that was consistent with life-saving missions was necessary and/or requested, the Governor would consider such a request.”

The issue has become political fodder for the Nevada Republican Party, which sent a “border security poll” email on Thursday asking respondents to “show your support for President Trump’s bold actions to protect our border and DEMAND border security today.”

Disclosure: Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani have donated to The Nevada Independent. You can see a full list of donors here.

INDY FAST FACTS Steve Sisolak Job: Clark County commission chairman Party: Democrat In current office: 2009-present Commission chairman since 2013 Birthdate: December 26, 1953 Education: University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (B.S.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.B.A.) Other public offices held: Nevada System of Higher Education Regent (1999-2009) Total donations: $9,647,261 (1/12/11-6/7/18) Top donors: MGM Resorts International $174,359 Station Casinos/Zuffa: $90,000 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Fidelity National $61,600 Marnell Companies LLC $55,000
INDY FAST FACTS Dan Schwartz Job: State treasurer Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: July 28, 1950 Education: Princeton University (B.A.) Columbia University (M.B.A.) Boston University (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $1,718,595 (9/16/13-5/30/18) Top donors: Dan Schwartz $1,000,353 Pritzker (Anthony, Karen, Jenny) $20,603 Schwartz (Stephen, Yanan, Dana) $15,000
INDY FAST FACTS Chris Giunchigliani Job: Clark County Commissioner Party: Democrat In current office: 2007-present Birthdate: November 27, 1954 Education: Avila College (B.A.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.A.) Other public offices held: State Assemblywoman, District 9 (1991-2006) Total donations: $2,895,819 (5/08/13-6/7/18) Top donors: Giunchigliani (Chris, Jeanne, JM, Larry, Myrna, Ellen): $65,000 MGM Resorts International $43,165 Caesars Entertainment $35,000 Buck and Aurora Wong $30,000 South Point Hotel & Casino/F&M Advertising $30,000
INDY FAST FACTS Adam Laxalt Job: Nevada State Attorney General Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: August 31, 1978 Education: Georgetown University (B.A.) Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $8,262,050 (1/08/14 - 6/07/18) Top donors: Station Casinos/Zuffa/Fertitta $208,500 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Marnell Properties LLC $42,500 Starpoint Resort Group/Partners $40,000 MGM Resorts $35,000
INDY FAST FACTS Brian Sandoval Job: Nevada Governor Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: August 5, 1963 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A.) Ohio State University (J.D.) Other public offices held: U.S. District Court Judge (2005-2009) Nevada State Attorney General (2003-2005) Nevada Gaming Commission Chair (1999-2001) Nevada Gaming Commission Member (1998-2001) State Assemblyman, District 25 (1994-1998) Total donations: $5,035,808 (1/7/11 - 7/5/17) Top donors: Caesars Entertainment $245,000 Station Casinos $158,072 MGM Resorts International $160,000 Wynn Resorts $80,000 Marnell Properties LLC $70,000

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