Jerry Brown May Resist Deploying 400 National Guard Troops to Border

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National Guard officials said Monday that a total of 900 guardsmen have been deployed to the border so far: 650 from Texas, 250 from Arizona, 60 from New Mexico, and none from California.

"Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous Border".

"Governor Brown has stated publicly that he shares our interest in securing our southern border", Houlton tweeted.

President Donald Trump's administration's initial plan for the Guard deployment involves too much immigration-related work, California said, according to The Associated Press, which cited two US officials with knowledge of the discussions.

They will monitor cameras and sensors, provide aerial support, fix roads and vehicles, do administrative work and clear brush - jobs that don't involve law enforcement and won't put them in harm's way, defense and border officials said Monday.

California National Guard troops are not now involved in the mission, Vitiello said.

But the Democratic leader said they would only go if they had nothing to do with immigration enforcement, which means Trump will likely revert to his previous view of Brown, whom he had mocked on Twitter.

The governor's commitment allowed Trump to boast support from all four border-state governors and helped put the president above the lower end of his threshold of marshaling 2,000 to 4,000 troops that he wants as a border security mission to fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. The request involved about 237 Guard members going to the El Centro and San Diego border sectors with specific missions.

The border mission could require up to 4,000 Guard personnel, but Pentagon officials now see a need for about 2,000 Guard members, said Robert Salesses, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense Integration.

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Brown could make his first public comments on the potential deployment to the Mexican border Tuesday morning when he addresses the National Press Club in Washington. He said that federal authorities were grateful for the support that they have, and that they would continue the discussion with California for future phases of the operation to "see if those fit better with sort of the results as we know them now".

Salesses was clear that the troops deployed to the border states "would not perform law enforcement functions" and would "not be placed in direct contact with personnel coming to the border".

Brown's office was noncommittal about how numerous 400 additional guardsmen would be sent to the border, The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported.

A U.S. Homeland Security Department spokesman said that the federal government is committed to working with Gov.

Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have already agreed to the Trump administration's request for National Guard support.

It will be up to governors and adjutant generals of each state participating to decide of guard members will carry their personal weapons for self-defense, Hokanson said. According to the three officials, there are not yet any troops on the southern border in California.

"The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable, but we will have other iterations", US Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner Ronald Vitiello said.

"We've got a signal from the governor that he's not participating", Vitiello said.

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