State Sen. David Craig
Press Release

Senator Craig Reacts to Governor Evers’ Decision to Remove National Guard Units from Mexico Border

Wisconsin law enforcement has traced the majority of meth and heroin seized in Wisconsin to the southern border.

By - Feb 27th, 2019 03:22 pm

Madison, WI Today, State Senator David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) responded to Governor Tony Evers’ decision to pull Wisconsin National Guard troops from the Mexico border with the following statement:

“At a time when Wisconsin and the nation is experiencing an epidemic of drug deaths, Governor Evers’ decision to remove National Guard troops who are aiding in the fight against drug smuggling is entirely misguided and is not in the best interest of the people of Wisconsin.”

Wisconsin law enforcement has traced the majority of meth and heroin seized in Wisconsin to the southern border.

“The presence of the Guard troops at the border is not only a deterrent against drug cartels looking to push illicit drugs into the United States, it is the first line of defense to protect the health and safety of our local communities from preventable drug deaths and crime surrounding the drug trade.”

Statistics on drug seizures at the U.S. border illustrate an alarming increase in drug tracking taking place over the past decade. According to U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, heroin-related drug poisoning deaths nearly doubled between 2013 and 2016, with the market for such drugs being primarily sourced from Mexico.

“Drug trafficking and gang violence is not an issue isolated to states at the border, and Governor Evers’ ill-advised decision to withdraw Wisconsin National Guard units from the southern border is dangerous and risks the welfare of Wisconsinites.”

Senator Craig represents the 28th Senate District which includes parts of Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine, and Walworth counties.

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Madison, WI — Today, State Senator David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) released the following statement relating to Governor Tony Evers’ Shelter-in-Place Order: “A decision of such magnitude like a ‘shelter-in-place’ order, regardless of what the government calls it, should only be established through the surety and specificity of an act of the legislature because of its extreme effects on Wisconsin families and businesses. Such action could stem the tide of confusion and anxiety being experienced by employers and employees all across the state. “Further, Governor Evers needs to articulate the specific information he received which caused contradiction between his Friday statement ‘I believe that we’ll be able to avoid [a shelter-in-place order]’ and today’s statement that he will make such an order effective tomorrow. “Additionally, last week I requested the Governor and Attorney General provide details as to how the government’s actions abide by the constitutional strict scrutiny that is required. Their continued silence on these issues is unacceptable given the precipitously negative impacts on civil rights and the economy. “Because of the Governor’s extreme step, I believe the legislature should consider the following protections for Wisconsin citizens: Require legislative approval of any statewide “shelter-in-place” order for reasons of pandemic or infectious disease Require legislative passive review of any “Emergency Declaration” after 30 days, with affirmative approval needed for a state of emergency lasting longer than 60 days Require a written report detailing the satisfaction of strict scrutiny concerns be given to the legislature prior to a ban of gatherings of 50 or fewer is to be in effect Require an immediate report to the legislature of arrests for mass gathering violations “The constitution was not designed to be disregarded in a time of crisis, in fact, it was specifically designed to be most valuable and applicable during times of crisis when liberties are most at risk.”

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“Republican legislative majorities will continue to take a commonsense approach and govern responsibly by limiting government overreach while supporting a free-market economy, which is the very recipe that has led to one of the most prosperous decades in state history.” 

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