California joins Guard border mission, shuns Trump's message

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The letter argued that California wasn't facing a "massive wave of migrants" and notified the administration that the state's National Guard wouldn't enforce federal immigration law.

Brown says he'll deploy about 400 troops. They will 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". Brown while touring border wall prototypes in San Diego In the letter Brown said, "Let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission".

"It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life", Brown said.

The federal government must agree to the terms before the troops would be deployed.

"Overall immigrant 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)".


The Republican governors of three southwestern border states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas have pledged to send 1,600 Guard members to the U.S. -Mexico border.

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. It says troops can not guard anyone in custody for immigration violations or participate in construction of border barriers. "Jerry Brown work with the administration and send members of the National Guard to help secure the southern border", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

"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. Overall immigrant 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).

"If he's in disagreement with Donald Trump about the justifications for having the National Guard on the border, then why would he accept it?" he said. But Brown noted in his letter that the state now has 250 personnel across the state, 55 of whom are stationed at the border, as a part of its program to combat transnational crime. Trump followed with news that he would send 2,000 to 4,000 troops.

The state's guardsmen provided "targeted assistance" in 2006 under then-President George W. Bush and in 2010 under President Obama.

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