Gov. Jerry Brown agreed on Wednesday to expand the California National Guard's efforts on crime and drug issues that cross the state's border with Mexico, but insisted troops would not be used to enforce immigration directives from President Trump.
Brown says the additional federal funding will instead "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". Brown while touring border wall prototypes in San Diego In the letter Brown said, "Let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission".
Brown's office said the deployment will happen pending review and approval by the federal government. The president said he wants as many as 4,000 troops deployed, saying they will remain there until a border wall is complete. "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws".
Vehicles are parked April 10, 2018, at the U.S. -Mexico border fence in Calexico, Calif., that separates the city of about 40,000 from Mexicali, population 700,000, in the Mexican state of Baja California.More news: Ben Simmons Says He's "100%" The NBA Rookie Of The Year
At that time, he added, the federal government will determine whether it has the budget and whether the mission is necessary to continue.
Arizona recently deployed its first 225 troops to its border.
Border states Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico have already accepted the move.
In keeping with his previous rhetoric against Trump's immigration agenda, Brown emphasized the California guardsmen will not be permitted to arrest border jumpers or other illegal immigrants.More news: Soldier martyred, 3 civilians killed in J&K's Kulgam gunfight with terrorists
U.S. Border Patrol has assessed that 303,916 immigrant apprehensions took place along the Southwest border in 2017, the lowest it's been since 1971 and down from a high of 1.64 million in 2000.
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.
Brown qualified those requirements noting that there is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California. "That's why the state and the Guard have long supported this important work and agreed to similar targeted assistance in 2006 under President Bush and in 2010 under President Obama". Customs and Border Protection report, there was a 37-percent increase overall in March, when compared to February and a 203 percent increase compared to March of a year ago.More news: Texas Border Patrol Agent Charged In Deaths Of Woman, Child