California Governor Jerry Brown Sending 400 National Guard Troops to Border

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Brown's letter said the California Guard will "do what it does best": focus on transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers, drug and firearm smugglers throughout the state. But in a letter sent Wednesday, Brown says California troops will not enforce federal immigration laws or build a border wall.

His decision comes after the Trump administration asked border state governors last week to send National Guard contingents to help defend the U.S. -Mexico border.

The deployment will almost triple the size of the California National Guard's transnational crime program, which now has 250 members, including 55 at the border.

Third, not all of the 400 troops Brown agreed to accept federal funding for will deploy to the border; some will also deploy elsewhere in the state. He later told reporters that he wanted up to 4,000 troops on the border, "until such time as we get the wall". "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws".

But he attached a disclaimer and made it clear that his acceptance of money didn't indicate he agreed with the federal government's agenda on immigration and borders.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is postponing her trip to the U.S. -Mexico border.

Trump has taken credit for that decline, but in March the number of arrests and denials of entry at the Mexico border jumped to more than 50,000, the single-highest one-month total since the president took office.

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The governor stressed in his statement that the troops will not be used to "round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life".

A spokesman for Brown said the location and assignment of troops would "be dictated by the needs on the ground".

About 250 California National Guard troops are already participating, including 55 at the border.

"Here are the facts: there is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California", Brown asserts.

In agreeing to Trump's request, Brown nevertheless rejected the president's assertions that there is a crisis of surging illegal immigration along the country's southern border.

California National Guard troops patrol a neighborhood burned by wildfires in 2017. Customs and Border Protection report, there was a 37-percent increase overall in March, when compared to February and a 203 percent increase compared to March of a year ago.

The state's guardsmen provided "targeted assistance" in 2006 under then-President George W. Bush and in 2010 under President Obama.

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