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US California not taking part in enhanced U.S. border security operation

23:49  16 april  2018
23:49  16 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Mattis approves sending 4,000 National Guard troops to border

  Mattis approves sending 4,000 National Guard troops to border The National Guard will deploy up to 4,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border beginning Friday night, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a memo.The memo authorizes the use of Title 32 and Defense Department dollars for up to 4,000 National Guard personnel to support the Department of Homeland Security's "southern border security mission while under the command and control of their respective governors through September 30, 2018.

The state of California has opted not to take part in the Trump administration' s effort to send National Guard troops to the country' s southern border with Mexico, a Defense Department official confirmed at a briefing Monday.

The state of California has opted not to take part in the Trump administration' s effort to send National Guard troops to the country' s southern border . National Guard troops are not taking part in direct border security and are not performing law enforcement work.

In this June 22, 2016 photo, Border Patrol agents stands near a border structure in San Diego. © AP Photo/Gregory Bull In this June 22, 2016 photo, Border Patrol agents stands near a border structure in San Diego. The state of California has opted not to take part in the Trump administration's effort to send National Guard troops to the country's southern border with Mexico, a Defense Department official confirmed at a briefing Monday.

Robert Salesses, a deputy assistant secretary at the Defense Department, said California has declined to commit more than 200 troops to the effort. Salesses said talks with California are ongoing. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis authorized up to 4,000 National Guard personnel to help the Department of Homeland Security secure the border in four southwestern U.S. states.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler)

California gov says feds will fund National Guard deployment .
The Trump administration has agreed to fund the deployment of as many as 400 California National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border and elsewhere, the state's governor, Jerry Brown, said Wednesday. The mission will focus on combating criminal gangs, human trafficking and drug and gun crimes along the border, the California coast and within the state itself, Brown said.The mission will not focus on immigration enforcement, h e said.Brown agreed last week to deploy the California National Guard after President Trump announced that he would send troops to the southern border to stymie illegal border crossings.

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