California rejects Trump's request for National Guard troops on border

California rejects Trump’s request for National Guard troops on border

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Jerry Brown rejected terms of the National Guard's initial deployment to the Mexican border, but a state official said nothing was decided. A Defense Department spokesperson said California has declined to commit more than 200 troops to the effort. "I do believe that the governor tried to find a way to make sure we address critical needs and concerns that California would have when it comes to protecting our border", said Becerra at a press conference Monday afternoon.

The Associated Press reports that California instructed officials it would not permit its troops operate radios and mend vehicles, run surveillance cameras that are remotely managed to document suspicious actions, to mend or present & ldquo;mission aid.

"The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable, but we will have other iterations", Ronald Vitiello, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, told reporters in Washington.

Boundary nation governors have affirmed Trump's plans to set up the National Guard to the border.

Jerry Brown that California is willing to deploy its National Guard to the border - and elsewhere in the state - to combat transnational crime, the Trump administration said Monday the terms of California's deployment are still under negotiation.




California is at the forefront of what opponents call the "Resistance" to Trump's administration, with the heavily Democratic state suing the federal government over numerous issues, including the rollback of environmental regulations.

Brown was clear last week that California troops will help go after drugs, guns and criminal gangs, but not immigrants. That's because California guardsmen are to be sent not only to the border but to the Pacific coast and interior locations "throughout the state", Brown said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Brown's pledge of 400 troops allowed Trump to boast support from all four border-state governors and helped put the president above the lower end of his threshold of marshaling 2,000 to 4,000 troops that he wants to fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

The other border-state governors - all Republicans - have openly embraced Trump's plans. The additional staffing would allow the Guard to support statewide law enforcement operations, Brown said but emphasized the guardsmen would not detain border jumpers or other illegal aliens. General Daniel R. Hokanson, the National Guard Bureau's vice chief. Texas has seen the biggest deployment, with 650 sent to the border, while Arizona has dispatched 250, and New Mexico about 60.

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