California gov says feds will fund National Guard deployment

Elias Hubbard
April 21, 2018

The agreement follows a week after Brown agreed to President Donald Trump's request to place additional National Guard members on the border, with the strict condition that California troops would not be involved with immigration enforcement or the construction of a wall. "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws".

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

Trump said in early April he would work with border-state governors to deploy troops along the U.S. -Mexico border to counter rising levels of illegal immigration and other threats, including drug smuggling.

Jerry Brown has signed an order authorizing 400 state National Guard troops to be deployed as part of President Donald Trump's order for troops to be sent to the USA border with Mexico. He said California could play a role in the future because the National Guard's mission is likely to expand before the Department of Homeland Security achieves what it considers "operational control" of the border.

Brown hasn't explicitly outlined how he would distinguish between immigration-related work and going after criminal gangs and drug and gun smugglers.

According to two U.S. officials, the initial jobs for those troops include fixing and maintaining vehicles, using remote-control surveillance cameras to report suspicious activity to U.S. Border Patrol agents, operating radios and providing "mission support", which can include clerical work, buying gas and handling payrolls.

"The federal government has not yet responded", Keegan said in an emailed statement.

"Border security is and will remain a civilian operation", Vitiello said at a news conference.

A deal was done despite angry words from Trump and claims from federal Department of Homeland Security officials that Brown, a Democrat, rejected a proposed list of duties for the troops to perform. A poll released Thursday by UC Berkeley's Haas Institute shows 66 per cent reject Trump's assertion that a wall on America's southern border "is an important immigration policy priority'". The Arizona National Guard said last week that its troops will provide air and ground support.

The mission will not focus on immigration enforcement, he said.

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