California rejects border duties for troops — APNewsBreak

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2018

"Let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission", Brown wrote in the letter to defense secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

The governor's statement also said: "This will not be a mission to build a new wall". "It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life".

Several cities including Los Angeles are "sanctuary cities" that require local law enforcement agencies not to tell federal agents about residents' legal status.

Paddle on the right and left. "The announcement by President Trump to call up the National Guard to support the mission of the Border Patrol is needed and welcomed". In the presidential memorandum April 4, he said a "drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border" is threatening national security.

The troops in California are under the command of Gov.

"Calling on the National Guard to be deployed will actually increase more abuse on the border", said Benjamin Prado of San Diego's American Friends Service Committee.

In an April 4 memo to the secretary of Homeland Security and the attorney general, President Donald Trump said the troops were needed to curb drugs, gangs and illegal crossings on the US border with Mexico. "Thank you Jerry, good move for the safety of our Country!" the commander-in-chief tweeted four days ago.

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Talks between the US and California officials about the duties California troops would perform, according to The Associated Press, soured over the weekend after California officials told the Trump administration they would not participate in vehicle maintenance and other initial jobs across the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. About 900 Guard troops have deployed so far, a National Guard commander said Monday: 650 in Texas, 250 in Arizona and 60 in New Mexico. Apparently, to avoid outright rejection of Trump's authority, Brown sought to finesse California's response.

The social justice group Prado is a part of had been critical about sending the National Guard in and Monday they were applauding the governor's alleged decision. "Overall immigration apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they've been in almost 50 years (and 85 percent of the apprehensions occurred outside of California)".

California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan said "state officials have not rejected anything" since Brown proposed a formal agreement Wednesday with the Homeland Security and Defense Departments that prohibits any involvement in immigration.

- coastal and offshore interdiction of illegal drugs and firearms.

"They will not perform law enforcement functions, and they will not be placed in direct contact with personnel coming to the border", Salesses explained.

CBP's Vitiello said the planned mission "will continue" without the California National Guard. But the Democratic governor conditioned his commitment on troops having nothing to do with immigration enforcement, even in a supporting role. Gray Davis and was the founder and director of the Survey and Policy Research Institute at San Jose State University.

As of late Wednesday, Brown's sleight of hand had satisfied Kevin de Leon, the Democratic state Senate leader challenging U.S. Sen. This piece appeared originally in CalBuzz.

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