California Rejects Federal Plan For National Guard Duties At The Border

California Rejects Federal Plan For National Guard Duties At The Border

The Defense Department said Monday the Trump and Brown administrations have not yet reached agreement on the terms of the California National Guard's deployment - and that negotiations continue. He said that talks with California are ongoing.

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.

Ron Vitiello, the acting deputy commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, said Brown had declined the initial roles put forward for Guardsmen.

Vitiello made the comments to reporters in Washington Monday after two USA officials told The Associated Press said terms of the federal government's initial plans for sending National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Vitiello said the federal government wanted 237 troops for work in two parts of the state that California "has indicated they will not perform", but he emphasized that California may participate in other ways that must still be worked out.


California is at the forefront of what opponents call the "Resistance" to Trump's administration, with the heavily Democratic state suing the federal government over numerous issues, including the rollback of environmental regulations.

Brown last week characterized his choice to donate troops because a welcome infusion of support that was funded to fight multinational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers. That's because California guardsmen are to be sent not only to the border but to the Pacific coast and interior locations "throughout the state", Brown said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The Arizona National Guard said last week that its troops will provide air and ground support.

California told federal officials last week it would not allow its troops to fix and repair vehicles, operate remote-control surveillance cameras and perform other tasks under Trump's plan to send troops to the border, sources told AP.

The Guard had about 900 troops working on the border mission Monday, a number that changes daily, said Lt. Almost 250 were in Arizona, more than 60 in New Mexico and about 650 in Texas.

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