Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

California rejects Trump's request for National Guard troops on border

California rejects Trump's request for National Guard troops on border

The Trump administration said Monday that California Gov. "The federal government has not yet responded", Keegan said in a statement sent to reporters. The state informed federal officials that its troops will not be allowed to fix vehicles, operate remote surveillance equipment, operate radios, or provide other "mission support" to border agents.

California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan said "state officials have not rejected anything" since Brown proposed a formal agreement Wednesday with the Homeland Security and Defense Departments that prohibits any involvement in immigration.

Talks between US and California officials about the duties the California troops would perform soured Friday and over the weekend after state authorities told federal officials that they would not participate in vehicle maintenance and the other jobs outlined for an initial phase across the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, the USA officials said.

Arizona deployed its first 225 National Guard members to the Mexican border on Monday after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to the frontier region to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

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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 USA officials with knowledge of the discussions.

Ronald Vitiello, the Border Patrol's acting deputy commissioner, said talks with California were ongoing and it was possible the state would lend troops for other support roles, including maritime and aerial surveillance, which include counternarcotics work.

But the Democratic Brown conditioned his support by insisting that California's troops have nothing to do with immigration enforcement.

Brown was clear last week that California troops will help go after drugs, guns and criminal gangs, but not immigrants. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

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The state's position infuriated some federal officials because the restrictions California officials wanted to impose on what the state's troops would not do were considered onerous, the officials said. The Arizona National Guard said last week that its troops will provide air and ground support.

"We're refining our requirements", Vitiello said.

The Trump administration intends to send up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the Mexico border. General Daniel R. Hokanson, the National Guard Bureau's vice chief. About 900 Guard troops have deployed so far, a National Guard commander said Monday: 650 in Texas, 250 in Arizona and 60 in New Mexico.

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