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USCalifornia governor to order National Guard troops back from Mexico border

12:10  11 february  2019
12:10  11 february  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

New Mexico governor pulls National Guard troops from border

New Mexico governor pulls National Guard troops from border The governor of New Mexico is withdrawing the majority of the state's National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico in a move that challenges President Trump's description of a security crisis. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the withdrawal Tuesday and said New Mexico would not take part in the president's "fear-mongering." She says around a dozen guardsmen will remain in the southwest corner of New Mexico for humanitarian needs.

National Guard troops have been deploying to the southern border for decades after orders by presidents and governors from both parties. In 2010, the Democratic governor of New Mexico at the time, Bill Richardson, ordered a few dozen troops to his state’s border with Mexico after the killing

California National Guard spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Keegan told AP on Monday that the state had not rejected the troop deployment. Brown sent the federal government a Memorandum of Agreement outlining the restrictions on the use of troops , and is waiting for a response, Keegan said.

California governor to order National Guard troops back from Mexico border© John Gibbins Image: National Guard

California Gov. Gavin Newsom will announce plans Monday to pull back all members of the National Guard who have been deployed to the border with Mexico, saying the state would not be part of the Trump administration's "manufactured crisis."

The 360 National Guard troops in California will be redeployed to fight wildfires, expand the state's Drug Task Force and collect intelligence on drug cartels, Newsom will announce.

Newsom's decision comes one week after New Mexico Governor Michelle Grisham ordered most of her state's National Guard troops back from the border, citing President Donald Trump's "border fear-mongering" as the only reason for their deployment.

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The governor of New Mexico is withdrawing the majority of the state's National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico in a © The Associated Press New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham talks after signing an executive order for state agencies to aggressive pursue strategies to reduce

Back in April, Colorado's governor said he'd be open to deploying troops to the border . He hasn't commented on National Guard troops recently, but John Hickenlooper signed an executive order Monday preventing Colorado's state agencies from "using state resources to separate children from

California governor to order National Guard troops back from Mexico border© Justin Sullivan Image: California Gov. Gavin Newsom

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to the deployment of the National Guard troops last year, but said they would not be used to enforce immigration laws.

"The border 'emergency' is a manufactured crisis," Newsom will say in his State of the State address Tuesday. "And California will not be part of this political theater.

"Which is why I have given the National Guard a new mission," he continued. "They will refocus on the real threats facing our state."

In April 2018, Trump authorized up to 4,000 National Guard troops to be deployed in the four border states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California. After California removes the 360 troops, 1,145 will remain in Texas and 580 in Arizona.

The National Guard troops at the border are in addition to over 5,500 active duty troops deployed to the same areas. Neither active duty nor National Guard troops are permitted to apprehend immigrants, but are intended to support Customs and Border Protection by reinforcing existing barriers and providing medical aid.

Just across the border from San Diego, thousands of immigrants wait in Tijuana for a chance to claim asylum. However, under the practice of "metering" used by the Trump administration, roughly 40 immigrants a day are permitted to pass to make their claims.

Border Patrol arrests 330 in New Mexico, many of them unaccompanied minors.
The Border Patrol's El Paso sector announced Monday that its agents had taken 330 migrants into custody, hours before President Trump was to visit the sector to make his latest pitch for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The migrants were arrested shortly after midnight at the Antelope Wells entry point in southern New Mexico, which is part of the Border Patrol's El Paso sector. U.S.

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