Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

California rejects Trump administration plan for National Guard troops on border

California rejects Trump administration plan for National Guard troops on border

Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan said Monday afternoon that "state officials have not rejected anything since the Governor responded to the federal government last Wednesday with the proposed 'Memorandum of Agreement between the State of California and The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security'".

But sources told the AP that it will not provide "mission support" in immigration enforcement. President Trump orders troops to border of US and MexicoCalifornia Gov.

Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to send troops to the border to focus on fighting crime and not enforce policies of Washington, CNN reported last week. 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. It is unclear at this point what specific jobs the troops would, or would not, perform at the border. Talks between USA and California officials about the duties the California troops would perform soured Friday and over the weekend after state authorities told federal officials that they would not participate in vehicle maintenance and the other jobs outlined for an initial phase across the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, the US officials said. So far, the other three states appear to be complying with Trump's executive order.

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

Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ronald D. Vitiello says California's governor has determined that some tasks federal officials want the state's National Guard to perform at the U.S. -Mexico border are "unsupportable". According to one USA official, the California Guard has suggested assigning about 40 troops to marijuana eradication across the state.

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