Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

California governor to pull National Guard troops from border

California governor to pull National Guard troops from border

Newsom is the second governor to remove National Guard troops from the border, joining New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham, who withdrew that state's troops last week. Troops will be reassigned to other tasks, such as combating wildfires, gaining more intelligence on drug cartels, and growing California's Drug Task Force.

The move comes despite his predecessor's agreement - along with other past and current border state governors - to send troops to the border at the Trump administration's request.

In a related move, Newsom sent a letter to Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan requesting the federal government's financial support to expand the CDTF, starting with - but not limited to - redeploying 150 personnel from the border.

Newsom has long held up California as a more rational alternative to Trump's agenda.

Newsom's and Grisham's actions are a fresh, if symbolic, affront to President Donald Trump's description of an immigration crisis on the nation's southern border.

According to excerpts from his Tuesday State of the State address, he will call the "border emergency" a "manufactured crisis", and will say that "California will not be part of this political theater". The efforts to counter the Trump Administration's immigration enforcement increased last summer after outcry over the separating of families at the border. Newsom is reportedly set to pull National Guard troops from the U.S. -Mexico 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. And we have the largest percentage of immigrants in our state.

Trump's demand for $5.7 billion USA to help build a wall led to a 35-day partial U.S. government shutdown that ended last month without the president getting wall funding. However, I recognize and appreciate the legitimate concerns of residents and officials in southwestern New Mexico, particularly Hidalgo County, who have asked for our assistance, as migrants and asylum-seekers continue to appear at their doorstep. The troops have remained at the border for 10 months.

According to CBS News, the Democratic governor plans to keep about 100 of the 360 troops now deployed at the border, but not for immigration purposes.

California National Guard Major General David Baldwin told reporters Monday that Newsom's order went further than Brown's to make it clear that troops are not to enforce immigration laws.

In recent months, at least five governors recalled troops or withheld resources for Trump's immigration policies.

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