Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

California to give Trump some National Guard patrols at Mexican border

California to give Trump some National Guard patrols at Mexican border

Last week Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that President Trump would send National Guard troops to the USA southern border.

The state's program to combat transnational crime, which targets gangs, human traffickers and firearm and drug smugglers, is now staffed by 250 personnel statewide, including 55 at the California-Mexico border, according to Brown's letter. Brown while touring border wall prototypes in San Diego In the letter Brown said, "Let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission".

Trump wants up to 4,000 troops sent to the border to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking and has already won commitments for about 1,600 from the Republican governors of the other states that border Mexico - Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Djibouti flights resume after crashes MORE that the California National Guard would accept federal funding to add "approximately 400 Guard members statewide to supplement the staffing of its ongoing program to combat transnational crime".

The guardsmen are being added as part of Trump's plan announced last week for the military to shore up the southern border until his administration builds his long-proposed wall there.

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A Pentagon memo released last week said none of the National Guard troops will perform law enforcement functions or interact with people detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security without Pentagon approval. Already at the state's 140.4-mile border with Mexico are 55 servicemembers on that mission.

He says they will not "round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life".

But he emphasized that the troops wouldn't be enforcing federal immigration policies.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is postponing her trip to the U.S. -Mexico border. Where the additional personnel are located "will be dictated by the needs on the ground", Brown spokesman Evan Westrup said in an email.

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Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire, the adjutant general for the Arizona National Guard, said 60 National Guard troops will be in place in Nogales on Friday.

Brown was the holdout, and his letter pushed back at administration officials' claims that the United States faces a crisis at the border. "Overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they've been in almost 50 years, and 85 percent of the apprehensions occurred outside of California".

Brown qualified those requirements noting that there is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California.

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