California rejects some border tasks

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

The Defense Department said Monday the Trump and Brown administrations have not yet reached agreement on the terms of the California National Guard's deployment - and that negotiations continue.

The government of California officially rebuked the Trump administration's decision to deploy the National Guard to the southern border Monday; saying federal plans had their troops working "too closely" with immigration enforcement. Jerry Brown (D), who last week said he would send up to 400 personnel in a limited role.

"The California National Guard has indicated they will not perform those missions", Defense Department official Robert G. Salesses told reporters at a briefing Monday.

The state's position infuriated some federal officials because the restrictions California officials wanted to impose on what the state's troops would not do were considered onerous, the officials said. Brown sent a letter last week offering to send troops to the border - on the condition they don't participate in immigration enforcement - and the next day Trump praised him in an exuberant tweet. "Thank you, Jerry, good move for the safety of our Country!" "Operation Guardian Support will enable Del Rio Sector to impede and deny illegal border crossings, maintain situational awareness, and apply the appropriate time-bound response and law enforcement resolution to increase security and achieve operational control of our Nation's borders". It is unclear at this point what specific jobs the troops would, or would not, perform at the border.

Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have already agreed to the Trump administration's request for National Guard support.

Talks between US 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 USA officials said. So far, funding for Trump's wall proposal has not passed Congress.

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