Newsom will be the second governor this month to pull back National Guard troops, after New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last week pulled back most of her state's troops hours before President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. Newsom - who has quickly positioned himself as the progressive adversary to Trump - argues that there is no "crisis" at the southern border, and wants to use National Guard troops for other missions.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that California Governor Gavin Newsom will withdraw the majority of National Guard troops along the border in his state, instead opting to have them prepared to fight wildfires and drug trafficking.
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She said that some troops would remain stationed in Hidalgo County and surrounding southwestern New Mexico counties in order to help with the ongoing humanitarian needs of communities there, which, her office, had seen large groups of families, women and children, crossing the border in recent months.
Trump has deployed an extra 3,750 USA troops on the border this month. But both governors are outspoken Trump opponents. As NPR's Greg Myre has reported, the National Guard and other troops at the border are limited to providing surveillance and other support roles. Newsom publicly crossed swords with his predecessor Jerry Brown over the deployment during the gubernatorial campaign a year ago, albeit in more respectful terms. However, I recognize and appreciate the legitimate concerns of residents and officials in southwestern New Mexico, particularly Hidalgo County, who have asked for our assistance, as migrants and asylum-seekers continue to appear at their doorstep.More news: Diana Ross Celebrates 75th Birthday With Family and on Grammy Stage
Newsom's decision to rollback Brown's troop deployment at the border does not come as a surprise. Newsom had been very critical of the move while on the campaign trail in 2018.
The Times quoted the speech asserting, "The Border "emergency" is a manufactured crisis".
"What's appropriate, what would be inappropriate, what was our commitment under the executive order Gov".More news: Mumps confirmed in 7 detainees at Houston ICE facility
Governor Gavin Newsom's office said he was signing the order ahead of his State of the State speech on Tuesday.