California governor to pull troops from US-Mexico border

FILE Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at the California Legislative Black Caucus Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in Sacramento Calif

Earlier this month, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the majority of her state's National Guard troops at the border to withdraw. Troops will be reassigned to other tasks, such as combating wildfires, gaining more intelligence on drug cartels, and growing California's Drug Task Force.

Newsom's general order reassigns more than 200 troops to support wildfire prevention efforts and expand operations to counter drugs and cartels across California, with a group of forces trained in spotting narcotics to be stationed at the state's global points of entry.

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The move is widely seen as an act of defiance of the Trump administration, with the governor set to call the president's characterization of the "emergency" situation at the border a "manufactured crisis", according to excerpts from his State of the State address to be delivered Tuesday.

This was in response to the fact that little progress is being made between Democrats and Republicans on the Hill, in terms of reaching an agreement that would help fund Trump's border wall. More than 5,000 US military troops are also stationed at the border across the four states.

The move was a rebuke to President Donald Trump, who won election in 2016 partly on a populist pledge to build a wall on the southern US border which he said in his campaign Mexico would pay for.

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According to the Associated Press, only about 100 troops will remain at the border.

Brown said he agreed to the mission after persuading the federal government to commit to paying for it and kept the guard members under the direction of the state. Every president since Ronald Reagan has called on the National Guard for limited, temporary missions along the frontier.

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

In an implicit slap at Donald Trump, Gov. Gavin Newsom will order an end to the National Guard deployment at the US-Mexico border in California. "It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life".

In recent months, at least five governors recalled troops or withheld resources for Trump's immigration policies. Under Newsom's directive, he said, Guard members would stay away from those areas and not participate in border surveillance.

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