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

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

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 US officials with knowledge of the discussions.

The memorandum of agreement lays out the conditions governor Jerry Brown set forth in his decision last week to deploy troops to the border to combat transnational crime but made clear state troops would not conduct immigration enforcement - a stance echoed by California Attorney general Xavier Becerra.

Jerry Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from President Donald Trump last week after he pledged 400 troops to the Guard's third large-scale border mission since 2006.

"The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable, but we will have other iterations", Ronald Vitiello, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, told reporters in Washington.

The Associated Press reports that California instructed officials it would not permit its troops operate radios and mend vehicles, run surveillance cameras that are remotely managed to document suspicious actions, to mend or present & ldquo;mission aid. Nor has California explained what criteria it would use to distinguish between immigration-related tasks and tracking transnational gangs, human traffickers and drug smugglers.

California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan said Monday that the state was awaiting a formal response from the administration and had no additional details beyond the governor's proposed agreement released last week that includes a ban on immigration enforcement. National Guard lieutenant colonel denies rejecting plan to send troops to border " The federal government has not yet responded.

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Vitiello said the federal government wanted 237 troops for work in two parts of the state that California "has indicated they will not perform", but he emphasized that California may participate in other ways that must still be worked out.

The Democratic governor cast his decision as a welcome infusion of support paid for by the US government to fight transnational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers.

Members of the Arizona National Guard listen to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on April 9, 2018 at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix, Arizona.

Talks between USA 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 US officials said.

National Guard officials said Monday that a total of 900 guardsmen have been deployed to the border so far: 650 from Texas, 250 from Arizona, 60 from New Mexico, and none from California. Almost 250 were in Arizona, more than 60 in New Mexico and about 650 in Texas.

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