Brown Rejects Trump National Guard Proposal For Border Deployment
Apr 17 2018
Differences involving the US and also California authorities about the responsibilities California troops could work, as stated by the Associated Press, soured during the weekend after California authorities told the Trump government they wouldn't engage in vehicle maintenance and also other initial jobs all over the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
A U.S. Homeland Security Department spokesman says the federal government is committed to working with California Gov.
He's stayed quiet on the subject other than to issue a letter accompanying California's offer to deploy the National Guard to combat transnational crime - but not participate in any immigration enforcement. The President garnered support from all four border-state governors with his promise of having 2,000 to 4,000 troops deployed in a border security mission to fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
President Donald Trump's administration's initial plan for the Guard deployment involves too much immigration-related work, California said, according to The Associated Press, which cited two US officials with knowledge of the discussions.
Jerry Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from President Donald Trump when he pledged last 400 troops to border mission last week.
Troops will not be allowed to fix and repair vehicles, operate remotely-controlled surveillance cameras to report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol, operate radios and provide "mission support", which can include clerical work, buying gas and handling payroll, the state reportedly told federal officials. "The federal government has not yet responded", Keegan said in a statement sent to reporters.
De Leon called Trump's call for troops at the border a "manufactured crisis", and said, "We are not experiencing an inordinate influx of immigrants, as officials in the Trump Administration have claimed, citing a caravan of immigrants coming from Central America".
Gov. Brown, who has shown blatant contempt to President Trump, needs federal funding for a myriad of social and welfare programs, but also needs federal funding to help with flood and wildfire cleanup. "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws".
Brown sought to avoid the perception that he had capitulated: Washington pays the bill, Brown retains command of the troops and the Guard's mission will not include stopping illegal border crossings.
Vitiello emphasized that California may participate in other ways that must still be worked out.
The Brown administration said Monday it's waiting for the federal government to sign the Memorandum of Agreement that California submitted last week. Brown has not yet announced the jobs federal troops would be allowed to take part in or how he would distinguish between immigration-related work, and going after criminal gangs and drug and gun smuggles.
Governor Brown has stated publicly that he shares our interest in securing our southern border.
Brown has been the only holdout among border state governors, as Texas, New Mexico and Arizona - all led by Republicans - moved quickly to send personnel. 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.