California sends troops to border to fight crime, not immigration


The president tweeted Thursday morning that Brown is deploying the Guard "to do nothing", adding that the federal government will not pay for what he called the governor's "charade".

But the Democratic governor said the state's national guard would not enforce immigration policy. He ruled out using California troops for any immigration enforcement.

Vitiello said the governor decided California will not accept terms of an initial troop rollout for the state that was similar to plans for the other three border states, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Homeland Security Department spokesman Tyler Houlton said the federal government was committed to working with Brown and that the California leader shares interest in a secure border with Mexico. The troops are expected to deploy before the end of April and will remain there until at least September 30.

Brown authorized the deployment Wednesday, but only to combat transnational crime such as drug smuggling and human trafficking. "Trying to catch some desperate mothers and children or unaccompanied minors coming from Central America, that sounds like something else".

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California Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Wednesday that the Trump administration had agreed to fund the deployment of as many as 400 California guardsmen along the U.S. -Mexico border, the California coast and within the state itself.

Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from Trump last week when he pledged 400 troops, which helped put the president above the lower end of his threshold of marshaling 2,000 to 4,000 troops for his border mission.

The governor's move to activate the troops came one day after he was criticized in a tweet from Trump on the issue.

"Sanctuary Cities released at least 142 Gang Members across the United States, making it easy for them to commit all forms of violent crimes where none would have existed".

"There's been a little bit of back and forth, as you always get with bureaucrats but I think we can find common understanding here", Brown said Tuesday in Washington. "We need border security and action, not words!" Trump bashed Brown's position two days in a row, even as the governor said a deal was near.