Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

California Blocks National Guard From Helping Trump's Priorities at the Border

California Blocks National Guard From Helping Trump's Priorities at the Border

Jerry Brown is willing to help President Trump send the National Guard to the border, but in a limited capacity.

His comments came a day after federal officials said California rejected some proposed duties for the Guard. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that she would not let National Guard troops from her state be stationed at the Mexican border, even though President Donald Trump did not request her troops.

Jerry Brown agreed to send some troops last week but said none will be "enforcing federal immigration laws".

National Guard officials said Monday that a total of 900 guardsmen have been deployed to the border so far: 650 from Texas, 250 from Arizona, 60 from New Mexico, and none from California.

The Republican governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have openly embraced the administration's plans and specific jobs for their troops, along with Trump's premise to fight illegal immigration and drugs.

"I think we've already come to terms, but we haven't gotten written confirmation", Brown told reporters at the National Press Club in Washington.

"The high crime rate will only get higher", Trump warned in a tweet.

The wall he is apparently referring to is work underway to replace two miles of existing fence in downtown Calexico, about 120 miles from San Diego. Drawing that line will likely prove hard because the Border Patrol combats illegal immigration but also drug smuggling and other crimes. It will not be a mission to round up woman and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. Jerry Brown (D), who last week said he would send up to 400 personnel in a limited role.

"This is a finite resource, so I can't tell these guys we are going to be working together for the next 10 years; it really depends on what investments that are made to help us achieve what we have been asked to do", Vitiello said. He then clarified that the California National Guard had indicated that it would not perform certain missions that the Border Patrol requested, as they "know them to be right now". But there's very good communication between California's National Guard and the National Guard headquarters, but there are other players like Department of Defense and Homeland Security. Brown wants them to support law enforcement efforts targeting drugs, gangs and traffickers.

And they insisted they won't make the same mistakes as previous deployments such as Operation Jump Start during the Bush administration, when guard troops were deployed for construction and other forward activities - but were unarmed and had to be protected by Border Patrol agents. He said the federal government has yet to reply to the state's proposal of a formal agreement outlining the mission's scope.

"That's a case-by-case delegation, and that's determined by what the assignment is and most of the assignments won't require it", Vitiello said during a news conference at the Department of Homeland Security, per NBC News.

"We are anticipating additional requirements".

Pentagon officials said Monday that they are still calculating what the troop deployment will cost.

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