California governor to rebut Trump in 1st State of State

California governor to rebut Trump in 1st State of State

Newsom's announcement comes as a rebuke of Trump's order to strengthen military enforcement at the USA southern border, especially after the president said that illegal migrants and refugees coming over the border from Central America are threatening America's national security. 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 is expected to shift the National Guard members to other duties, including wildfire prevention efforts and efforts to fight drugs and cartels across the state.

"The Border "emergency" is a manufactured crisis", Newsom's speech says.

The Pentagon announced plans last week to send 3,750 troops to the border to install concertina wire and help Customs and Border Protection agents.

The anticipated announcement comes on the heels of a similar move last week by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

In announcing on Monday that he has issued a new General Order to take the place of two orders previously made by former Governor Jerry Brown, Governor Gavin Newsom stated that California personnel would not be part of what he described as "political theater", instead redeploying members to focus on "real" threats and emergencies facing the state.

Grisham, a Democrat, called Trump's frequent declarations of an immigration crisis at the border a "charade".

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Trump and Democrats in Congress have been engaged in a contentious battle over his proposed U.S./Mexico border wall, which would extend all the way from the Pacific Ocean to East Texas. Under Newsom's order, a small group of forces trained in spotting narcotics would be stationed at California's worldwide points of entry.

In his address to the nation last week, Trump showed little willingness to compromise, doubling down on calls for a wall and describing illegal immigration as a source of crime and a costly burden on taxpayers.

Brown also ordered that the guard members not enforce immigration laws or participate in the building of a border barrier.

He's also fought with Trump on money for wildfire prevention efforts and the ban on transgender Americans in the USA military. The governor's office said the troops will be pulled back no later than March 31. As NPR's Greg Myre has reported, the National Guard and other troops at the border are limited to providing surveillance and other support roles.

"We have not been involved in the detention of immigrants".

"This is pure politics, period full stop", he said.

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