California Gov. Pulling Troops From Border

  • California Gov. Pulling Troops From Border

California Gov. Pulling Troops From Border

Gavin Newsom on Monday will order the removal of roughly 360 National Guard members from California's southern boundary with Mexico, repudiating President Donald Trump's characterization of a recent influx of Central American refugees and migrants as a national security crisis.

The move was a rebuke to President Donald Trump, who won election in 2016 partly on a populist pledge to build a wall on the southern US border which he said in his campaign Mexico would pay for.

Last week during the State if the Union, Grishman shared a video of her literally tearing through walls in a jab to Trump's southern border wall plans.

In a similar move, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham last week ordered most National Guard troops deployed at the state's border with Mexico to withdraw.

The decision to scale back on security at the southern border comes as Congressmembers on both sides of the aisle race to reach a resolution on border security that will receive Trump's approval before this Friday, when a funding measure to keep the government running while border talks continue runs out.

"New Mexico will not take part in the president's charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops", she said. "It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life". Troops will be reassigned to other tasks, such as combating wildfires, gaining more intelligence on drug cartels, and growing California's Drug Task Force.

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".

Trump and Democrats in Congress have been engaged in a contentious battle over his proposed U.S./Mexico border wall, which would extend all the way from the Pacific Ocean to East Texas. 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.

"This whole border issue is a manufactured crisis". Newsom publicly crossed swords with his predecessor Jerry Brown over the deployment during the gubernatorial campaign past year, albeit in more respectful terms.

"What's appropriate, what would be inappropriate, what was our commitment under the executive order Gov".

Newsom's order precedes the new governor's State of the State address Tuesday.

He added: "I can assure you I have not deviated from my previous statements in terms of my desire to move in a different direction".