Published: Tue, February 12, 2019

California governor to pull troops from US-Mexico border

California governor to pull troops from US-Mexico border

Last week, Lujan Grisham, the Governor of New Mexico ordered the National Guard to withdraw deployment from her state, saying "I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the Southern border".

110 troops to support CalFire's wildfire prevention and suppression efforts. Jerry Brown, who in April granted Trump's request to send 400 National Guard troops to the border as other Democratic and Republican governors recalled some troops and equipment or refused to send any personnel. 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.

Trump's demand for $5.7 billion United States to help build a wall led to a 35-day partial USA government shutdown that ended last month without the president getting wall funding.

Newsom's plan would reassign 110 California National Guard members to aid state firefighters in preparing for wildfire season, and redirect an additional 100 troops to work on "intelligence operations" to take down worldwide criminal drug gangs operating within California.

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. "It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life". Grisham, also a Democrat, was as critical of the president as Newsom, declaring, "New Mexico will not take part in the president's charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops". He ordered that they not enforce immigration laws or participate in building a new border barrier.

Trump has deployed an extra 3,750 US troops on the border this month.

Newsom's office did not provide a timeline for the redeployments. Newsom had been very critical of the move while on the campaign trail in 2018.

'The Border "emergency" is a manufactured crisis...'

After initially praising Brown for agreeing to his deployment request, President Trump then criticized him for not supporting, in his words, a safe and secure border. "Brown signed, how does remuneration work, what exactly is the work now being done versus the work that was initiated when the executive order wasn't in place", Newsom said that day.

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