California Governor Orders National Guard Away From The Border

12 February, 2019, 10:34 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • FILE Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at the California Legislative Black Caucus Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in Sacramento Calif

California Governor Gavin Newsom plans Monday to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops from the state's southern border with Mexico in defiance of the Trump administration's request for support from border states. Another 150 will expand the Guard's federally funded, state-coordinated Counterdrug Task Force (CDTF), and 100 will focus in on conducting counter narcotics search and seizure operations targeting transnational criminal organizations around ports of entry.

Last week President Trump tweeted that he is sending additional US military to the Southern Border, saying, "Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border".

"This whole border issue is manufactured", Newsom said on Monday of Trump's portrayal of the situation.

Under a "general order" that Mr. Newsom plans to sign on Monday, 110 California National Guard troops will be redirected to support the state's central fire agency, Cal Fire, and another 100 will work on statewide "intelligence operations" aimed at global criminal drug gangs.

Now-California Governor Gavin Newsom attends "Families Belong Together - Freedom for Immigrants March Los Angeles" at Los Angeles City Hall on June 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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Last week during the State if the Union, Grishman shared a video of her literally tearing through walls in a jab to Trump's southern border wall plans.

Grisham, a Democrat, called Trump's frequent declarations of an immigration crisis at the border a "charade".

A section of the U.S. -Mexico border fence as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. When Brown, a fellow Democrat, approved the mission in April, he said no California troops would participate in immigration-related activities.

Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to help build that wall was central to a 35-day partial USA government shutdown that ended last month. He ordered that they not enforce immigration laws or participate in building a new border barrier. However, I recognize and appreciate the legitimate concerns of residents and officials in southwestern New Mexico, particularly Hidalgo County, who have asked for our assistance, as migrants and asylum-seekers continue to appear at their doorstep.

The state's original order to send troops to the border, signed by Gov. According to the governor's office, the troops will be pulled back by March 31. "It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life". The troops can not act to enforce the law or to make arrests. Grisham said there is no overwhelming national security crisis at the border.

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