California has agreed to deploy 400 National Guard troops at Trump's request

  • California has agreed to deploy 400 National Guard troops at Trump's request

California has agreed to deploy 400 National Guard troops at Trump's request

Opposition to sending National Guard troops to the United States' border with Mexico is due to ignorance and push back to anything President Donald Trump does, Mark Krikorian told Newsmax TV.

Instead, the Democrat Brown said Wednesday the troops would join an existing program to combat transnational drug crime, firearms smuggling and human trafficking.

The California Guard program now employs 250 personnel, including 55 at the California border with Mexico.

The Governor made sure to add these conditions, "But let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission". But in a letter sent Wednesday, Brown says California troops will not enforce federal immigration laws or build a border wall. But not all of them will go to the border, and none will be "enforcing federal immigration laws".

While some governors responded enthusiastically to President Trumps plan to send National Guard Troops to the southern border, others have responded by saying they would not send troops from their states.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is postponing her trip to the U.S. -Mexico border.

Unlike Republican governors in other border states, Brown disagreed with Trump's portrayal of a border spiraling out of control, noting that Border Patrol arrests fell to the lowest level previous year since 1971 and that California accounted for only 15 percent of the agency's arrests on the Mexican border.

The California Guard members may be deployed at the border, the coast and elsewhere statewide, Brown said.

California deployed troops to the border under former Presidents George W. Bush in 2006 and Barack Obama in 2010.

I agree with the Catholic Bishops who have said that local, state and federal officials should "work collaboratively and prudently in the implementation of this deployment, ensuring that the presence of the National Guard is measured and not disruptive to community life".

It will take some time before Guard troops can be deployed.

The troops have been barred from interacting with migrants or any people that Border Patrol agents detain, and would not be armed unless necessary for self-protection.

Brown's announcement comes amid growing tensions between California and the Trump administration.

In a statement, DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said Secretary Nielsen "is pleased to have the support of all four border governors to help secure our southwest border".

Governors act as the commander-in-chief of their respective state guards, which is why Trump isn't authorized to direct the troops as he sees fit.