Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Gavin Newsom to Scale Down National Guard Presence at Border

Gavin Newsom to Scale Down National Guard Presence at Border

Newsom's order cites the move as more reason to reprioritize the state's National Guard deployment away from operations traditionally performed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Newsom will reassign roughly 110 troops to beef up California's fire preparation efforts in advance of the next wildfire season and expand the guard's counterdrug task force programme.

100 troops for intelligence operations targeting drug cartels.

Last week, New Mexico's governor made a similar decision. The governor's office says some of these troops who are "specially trained counter-narcotic screeners" will be deployed to California ports of entry - both at the Mexican border and elsewhere.

The order will recall all but a few hundred National Guard troops, who will remain deployed to combat drug and gun smuggling, Newsom's spokesman Nathan Click said. Under Newsom's order, a small group of forces trained in spotting narcotics would be stationed at California's worldwide points of entry.

At a news conference Monday, Newsom called Americans lazy, saying they should question why the Trump Administration wants to spend $5.7 billion on border security.

Newsom has been sharply critical of Trump's immigration policies, noting that the president's proposed border wall is unpopular in California and assailing Trump's State of the Union speech for "stoking fear and spreading hatred" by "manufacturing a border crisis".

Back in April, President Donald Trump approved the deployment of up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the border in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. And we have the largest percentage of immigrants in our state. Jerry Brown, agreed to do past year.

Trump's demand for $5.7 billion USA to help build a wall led to a 35-day partial U.S. government shutdown that ended last month without the president getting wall funding. Every president since Ronald Reagan has called on the National Guard for limited, temporary missions along the frontier.

U.S. Military troops return from a test deployment with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents after conducting an exercise at the San Ysidro port of entry with Mexico in San Diego on January 10.

Brown also ordered that the guard members not enforce immigration laws or participate in the building of a border barrier. Camera operators and dispatchers report any illegal border crossing without knowing a person's intent _ or whether they are a criminal or a person in search of a better life, Baldwin said.

The Times quoted the speech asserting, "The Border "emergency" is a manufactured crisis".

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