Gov. Brown will deploy National Guard, but not for immigration enforcement

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"It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life", Brown wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis.

He said the federal government funding of 400 National Guard troops will allow the Guard "to do what it does best: support operations targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers along the border, the coast and throughout the state".

The Pentagon has said National Guard troops will not perform a law-enforcement role, and will be armed only for the goal of self-defense.

Border states Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico have already accepted the move.

Jerry Brown agreed Wednesday to deploy 400 National Guard troops at President Donald Trump's request, but not all will head to the U.S. -Mexico border as Trump wants and none will enforce federal immigration enforcement.

Texas was quick to welcome the move, announcing that they would send 250 troops to their border.

"There's always a dialogue back and forth between the Defense Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection", Burwell said.


"Issues of border security require the partnership of the federal government and our state and local allies to be successful". "These National Guard members will act in support of Border Patrol agents who are performing law enforcement duties".

During an appearance on "Newsmax Now", Krikorian - the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies - said people are misinformed about what the National Guard has the ability to do.

The Laredo border patrol sector has requested 270 National Guard troops, which Burwell expects will arrive "very soon", though he did not have a precise date.

It isn't clear how numerous 400 would be deployed to the border.

"We lack in infrastructure". "More eyes in the sky for us, more help on the ground, more behind-the-scenes type stuff is a really big deal for us".

While some governors responded enthusiastically to President Trumps plan to send National Guard Troops to the southern border, others have responded by saying they would not send troops from their states.

The deployment will almost triple the size of the California National Guard's transnational crime program, which now has 250 members, including 55 at the border.

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