Combatting Trump, Two States Pull National Guard Troops From the Border


About 100 of the 360 troops will remain deployed under California's agreement with the federal government to focus specifically on combating transnational crime such as drug and gun smuggling, Newsom spokesman Nathan Click said.

Newsom will reassign roughly 110 troops to beef up California's fire preparation efforts in advance of the next wildfire season and expand the guard's counterdrug task force programme.

Last week President Trump tweeted that he is sending additional USA military to the Southern Border, saying, "Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border".

Governor Gavin Newsom's office said he was signing the order ahead of his State of the State speech on Tuesday.

El Paso County passes a resolution saying it is "disillusioned by President Trump's lies regarding the border and our community", citing past false statements and the likelihood of new ones at rally tonight.

"The border "emergency" is a manufactured crisis," Newsom is expected to say during his State of the State address on Tuesday, according to an excerpt from his prepared remarks. The efforts to counter the Trump Administration's immigration enforcement increased last summer after outcry over the separating of families at the border.

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"New Mexico will not take part in the president's charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops", she said. The troops were deployed by her Republican predecessor, Susana Martinez, a year ago at Trump's request.

The Pentagon announced plans last week to send 3,750 troops to the border to install concertina wire and help Customs and Border Protection agents.

In an implicit slap at Donald Trump, Gov. Gavin Newsom will order an end to the National Guard deployment at the US-Mexico border in California.

"Now, the Trump Administration is using the California National Guard to free up federal resources to pursue and lock up women and children fleeing violence, instead of focusing on serious drug cartel and human trafficking cases at the border", De Leon wrote in a June 2018 letter to Brown. According to the governor's office, the troops will be pulled back by March 31. Grisham publicly rebuked the Trump administration's immigration policies when she announced the withdrawal, something Newsom also appears primed to do.

Jerry Brown (above right) originally approved the mission through the end of March, but qualified that the state's troops "will not be enforcing federal immigration laws". Grisham said there is no overwhelming national security crisis at the border.