California rejects Trump's request for National Guard troops on border

California rejects plan to send National Guard troops to Mexico border, AP reports

California rejects plan to send National Guard troops to Mexico border, AP reports

Brown's office was noncommittal about how numerous 400 additional guardsmen would be sent to the border, The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported. Those states' troops will allow the Border Patrol to devote more resources to law enforcement by participating in activities such as aviation support, monitoring surveillance video and clearing brush.

But the National Guard is disputing the Associated Press' report.

Brown's announcement last week did not address what specific jobs the California Guard would and would not do and or answer the thorny question of how state officials would distinguish work related to immigration from other duties.

California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan told the Associated Press on Monday that the state was awaiting a formal response from the Trump administration.

President Donald Trump's administration's initial plan for the Guard deployment involves too much immigration-related work, California said, according to The Associated Press, which cited two USA officials with knowledge of the discussions.


"The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable, but we will have other iterations", Ronald Vitiello, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, told reporters in Washington.

The Brown administration said Monday it's waiting for the federal government to sign the Memorandum of Agreement that California submitted last week.

'The California National Guard has indicated that they will not perform those missions as we know them to be right now, ' Salesses said, though he noted that conversations were ongoing.

According to Associated Press sources, Brown would agree to send troops as long as they were not involved in immigration enforcement. But the Governor's office told ABC7 News that they have not rejected anything and nothing has changed since Brown wrote a letter to feds last week. Drawing that line will likely prove hard because the Border Patrol combats illegal immigration but also drug smuggling and other crimes. The additional staffing would allow the Guard to support statewide law enforcement operations, Brown said but emphasized the guardsmen would not detain border jumpers or other illegal aliens.

The other border-state governors have openly embraced the Trump administration's plan, pledging combined deployment of about 1,600 Guard members along the southern borders of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. General Daniel R. Hokanson, the National Guard Bureau's vice chief. Texas has seen the biggest deployment, with 650 sent to the border, while Arizona has dispatched 250, and New Mexico about 60.

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