National Guard Will Patrol California Board

12 April, 2018, 06:23 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • National Guard Will Patrol California Board

Jerry Brown, D, the only border state governor who had not yet committed troops to President Donald Trump's National Guard deployment, said Wednesday that he will accept federal funding for 400 personnel - though they would be barred from working on wall construction.

Brown said the additional members would contribute to the guard's ongoing efforts, which include "targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers along the border, the coast and throughout the state". But he said more can be done to combat border crime and that he appreciated Brown's design of "a clear and limited mission focused on real public safety threats". "It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life", Brown, a Democrat, wrote in a letter to the Trump administration.

Brown also said that, "there is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California".

"Issues of border security require the partnership of the federal government and our state and local allies to be successful".

While the Republican governors of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona swiftly agreed to President Trump's request to deploy the guard, the lone Democratic border state governor kept absolutely silent for a full week.

But he attached a disclaimer and made it clear that his acceptance of money didn't indicate he agreed with the federal government's agenda on immigration and borders.


In his letter, Brown pointed out that the number of undocumented immigrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents is already the lowest its been in decades. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said that some of the troops going to the Texas border will be armed.

Burwell said National Guard troops will act in an administrative and support capacity: clearing roads, maintaining vehicles, and scanning for border crossings by air.

In keeping with his previous rhetoric against Trump's immigration agenda, Brown emphasized the California guardsmen will not be permitted to arrest border jumpers or other illegal immigrants.

A spokesman for the California Army National Guard initially said the administration's request would be promptly reviewed. This program is now staffed by 250 personnel statewide, including 55 at the California border. Trump followed with news that he would send 2,000 to 4,000 troops.

Across California, 250 members of the state's National Guard are conducting what the governor called "counterdrug missions", including the 55 at the border.

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