On Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown announced that his state would concede to the wishes of the Trump administration and will be sending National Guard members to the southern border.
The troops will further help with border security and, in exchange for sending the troops, California will accept federal funding to help with a number of state-wide initiatives.
Per the Daily Caller:
In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Pentagon chief Jim Mattis, Brown said 400 additional National Guard Troops would join the 250 assigned to an ongoing program to combat transnational crime. The additional staffing will allow the Guard to support law enforcement operations against transnational gangs, human traffickers and drug smugglers “throughout the state,” he said.
Brown did not specify how many of the new troops would be sent to the border, where California already has 55 guardsmen.
“The location of Guard personnel — and number specifically working in support of operations along the border, the coast and elsewhere in the state — will be dictated by the needs on the ground,” a spokesperson for the governor’s office told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.
Here’s the letter, from Governor Brown:
Pursuant to your request, the California National Guard will accept federal funding to add approximately 400 Guard members statewide to supplement the staffing of its ongoing program to combat transnational crime. This program is currently staffed by 250 personnel statewide, including 55 at the California border.
Your funding for new staffing will allow the Guard to do what it does best: support operations targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers along the border, the coast and throughout the state. Combating these criminal threats are priorities for all Americans – Republicans and Democrats. That’s why the state and the Guard have long supported this important work and agreed to similar targeted assistance in 2006 under President Bush and in 2010 under President Obama.
“But let’s be crystal clear on the scope of this mission. This will not be a mission to build a new wall,” Brown specified that his troops would not implement federal immigration law. “It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws.”
And, “Here are the facts: there is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California. Overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they’ve been in nearly 50 years (and 85 percent of the apprehensions occurred outside of California).”
According to the Daily Caller, California was the only border state which had not yet responded to President Trump’s call for increased border security. Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have promised to send more than 1,500 Guard members to the border, nearly half of them have already arrived.
Trump applauded Governor Brown’s efforts over social media on Thursday morning.
“California Governor Jerry Brown is doing the right thing and sending the National Guard to the Border. Thank you Jerry, good move for the safety of our Country!” he tweeted.
California Governor Jerry Brown is doing the right thing and sending the National Guard to the Border. Thank you Jerry, good move for the safety of our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018
Here’s more, per Fox News:
The move comes after President Trump last week said he wanted to send between 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump signed a proclamation ordering the move as a means to combat what his administration described as an “unacceptable” flow of drugs, criminal activity and illegal immigration.
The governor said the 400 would be in addition to 250 already involved in the program, including 55 members stationed at California’s border. He did not specify how many additional guard members would be deployed there.
He added that the state was not experiencing a “massive wave of migrants pouring” in.
Other southern border states, including Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, have in total committed roughly 1,600 National Guard members to Trump’s request.