California Deploys National Guard; Troops Already At Texas, Arizona Borders

Brown noted in his letter that "immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they've been in almost 50 years".

The new contingent of California Guard members being deployed could be posted at the border, the coast and elsewhere statewide, Brown said.

"But let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission", Brown wrote. Authorities have said the new barrier would help curb illegal crossings and drug trafficking in one of the busiest sectors along the border. President Donald Trump signs proclamation to deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border While the governor accepted the funding for extra troops, he was very clear about what the additional troops will not be doing.

Brown cast his decision as a welcome infusion of federal support to fight transnational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers.

U.S. Governor of California, Jerry Brown, said Wednesday that the western state will send about 400 U.S. National Guard troops to the border with Mexico to combat transnational crime, but not for enforcing immigration laws. They would join 250 existing California National Guard troops, including 55 who are at the border.

"Overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they've been in almost 50 years (and 85 percent of the apprehensions occurred outside of California)".

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.

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The governor also noted that the state guard "agreed to similar targeted assistance" under the past two presidents.

"I agree with the Catholic Bishops who have said that local, state and federal officials should 'work collaboratively and prudently in the implementation of this deployment, ensuring that the presence of the National Guard is measured and not disruptive to community life, '" Brown wrote. Overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they've been in almost 50 years (and 85 percent of the apprehensions occurred outside of California).

In a statement, DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said Secretary Nielsen "is pleased to have the support of all four border governors to help secure our southwest border".

Border Patrol Chief Greg Burwell said it's a challenge to keep tabs on all of it.

Brown had been quiet about what his plans were with regard to Trump's announcement until now.

It will take some time before Guard troops can be deployed.

  • Adam Floyd