California Governor Orders 400 Guard Troops to Assist Border Patrol

California's governor says he's finally reached an agreement with the Trump administration to send his state's National Guard troops to the U.S. -Mexico border - but they'll work on fighting gangs and drug and gun smugglers. Jerry Brown said. The announcement comes after a week of uncertainty in which President Donald Trump bashed the governor's insistence that troops avoid immigration-related work.

Trump took to Twitter once again on Wednesday morning, saying that many parts of sanctuary cities throughout California want out of Jerry Brown's control.

Echoing comments Brown made last week, his formal order Wednesday stated that Guard members "shall not engage in any direct law enforcement role nor enforce immigration laws, arrest people for immigration law violations, guard people taken into custody for alleged immigration violations or support immigration law enforcement activities".

The Democratic governor said California was "pretty close" to an agreement with the administration to join the nation's three other Mexican border states - Arizona, New Mexico and Texas - for the Guard's third large-scale border deployment since 2006. And the California National Guard won't enforce regulations.

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"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.

The Republican governors of the other US states bordering Mexico responded eagerly last week to Trump's call for as many as 4,000 troops. Talks with the federal government on what specific jobs that would entail are ongoing. Texas National Guard members are already doing aerial and ground surveillance. Drawing that line will likely prove hard because the Border Patrol combats illegal immigration but also drug smuggling and other crimes. The Arizona National Guard said last week that its troops will provide air and ground support. But Vitiello emphasized that California may contribute in other ways must still be worked out.

The Trump administration said Monday that California Gov.

Brown delivered a letter to protection Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, pledging to send up to 400 members of this National Guard with the help of national financing but made it a spot to put bounds. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. Brown wants them to support law enforcement efforts targeting drugs, gangs and traffickers. "He can not come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border". General Daniel R. Hokanson, the National Guard Bureau's vice chief.

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