Mark Krikorian: Americans Misinformed About National Guard
Apr 12 2018
Jerry Brownannounced Wednesday that he will accept federal funds to add National Guard members to a statewide anti-crime program, but did not say how many of those troops would go to the U.S. -Mexico border as a part of President Donald Trump's order. They would join 250 existing California National Guard troops, including 55 who are at the border.
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". "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. The governor also said in his letter that he wants to make it clear that there is "no massive wave of migrants pouring into California".
About 250 troops from her state ultimately will be patrolling the state's 179.5-mile border with Mexico.
Trump administration officials have said that rising numbers of people being caught at the southern border, while in line with seasonal trends in recent years, require an immediate response.
Brown specified that not all the troops will head to the U.S. -Mexico border and none will enforce federal immigration enforcement.
Brown released a proposed agreement with the federal government that emphasizes the widely shared understanding of the Guard's limited role but explicitly bans any support of immigration enforcement. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said that some of the troops going to the Texas border will be armed.
The deployment will almost triple the size of the California National Guard's transnational crime program, which now has 250 members, including 55 at the border.
"I am confident Governor Brown will not use our National Guard to harass or tear apart immigrant families in California", he said in a statement.
The National Guard is not yet disclosing which units will be called up.
The program is now staffed by 250 personnel statewide, including 55 at the California border.
State leaders in California have made no secret of their opposition to numerous Trump administration's moves on immigration.
The state's guardsmen provided "targeted assistance" in 2006 under then-President George W. Bush and in 2010 under President Obama.