California Rejects Border Duties for Troops

Gov. Jerry Brown sought to tamp down any conflict with the Trump administration over sending California National Guard troops to the Mexican border, even as he dismissed a taunting tweet from the president and described heightened concerns about illegal immigration as the province of "very low-life politicians". In the latest development in an ongoing public and tension-filled scrimmage, President Trump blasted Gov.

Homeland Security Department spokesman Tyler Houlton said the federal government was committed to working with Brown and that the California leader shares interest in a secure border with Mexico.

Mr. Brown faced severe criticism at home after he said last week he would be willing to offer some 400 National Guard troops to President Trump's border surge, under strict conditions.

Brown said he wants to be "cooperative" with the Trump administration, and he appreciated the president's April 12 tweet applauding him for agreeing to join the troop deployment.

The Republican governors of the other USA states bordering Mexico responded eagerly last week to Trump's call for as many as 4,000 troops.

Brown's office was noncommittal about how numerous 400 additional guardsmen would be sent to the border, The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported. The federal government has not yet responded.

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Brown, a Democrat who presides over the nation's most populous state, one that has served as the cradle of the resistance to Trump's presidency, had previously accused Trump of declaring war on California. "At some point that might come together", said Ronald D. Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, which oversees both the Border Patrol and the ports of entry. The high crime rate will only get higher. The request involved about 237 Guard members going to the El Centro and San Diego border sectors with specific missions.

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It was only last month when United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a visit to Sacramento to announce a lawsuit against California for its sanctuary state and cities policies of interference and lack of cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. Last Week, Brown became the fourth to accept National Guard troops - but was very specific about not wanting them to patrol communities and enforce federal immigration law. Texas National Guard members are already doing aerial and ground surveillance. It is unclear how troops would distinguish work related on immigration from drug smuggling and other crimes.

"But let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission".

"This will not be a mission to build a new wall", Brown wrote, according to the newspaper.

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.

California is at the forefront of what opponents call the "Resistance" to Trump's administration, with the heavily Democratic state suing the federal government over numerous issues, including the rollback of environmental regulations.

California is the only state bordering Mexico not participating.

'The governor has determined that what we have asked for so far is unsupportable, ' Vitiello told reporters. But he said USA agents would not get the military's help at the border - at least for now. He will send 400 troops to assist with stopping drug and human trafficking, but they will not cooperate with detaining illegal immigrants, Brown informed the White House last week.


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