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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

The Pentagon says it will deploy another 3,750 US troops to the Mexican border

The Pentagon says it will deploy another 3,750 US troops to the Mexican border The additional troops will bring the total number of forces supporting the border mission to approximately 4,350, according to estimates provided by the Department of Defense. The troop deployment, which was approved by Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on Jan. 11, will last for 90 days. The border mission includes mobile surveillance capability as well as the emplacement of approximately 150 miles of concertina wire between ports of entry. The Pentagon first approved the deployment of active-duty troops to the Mexico border in October, on the heels of the U.S. midterm congressional elections.

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.

Pentagon Says Nearly 4,000 More Troops Heading to Southern Border

Pentagon Says Nearly 4,000 More Troops Heading to Southern Border Troops will work with Customs and Border Protection to install 150 miles of razor wiring between ports of entry as well as assist with mobile surveillance. “We will continue to evaluate the force composition required to meet the mission to protect and secure the southern border,” the Pentagon said in a statement. The deployment, which brings the total number of troops assisting border security up to approximately 4,350, will last for 90 days and was approved by Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on January 11.

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.

AP FACT CHECK: Newsom wrong on illegal border crossings.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom devoted part of his first State of the State address to attacking President Donald Trump's positions on illegal immigration, declaring, "This border emergency is nothing more than a manufactured crisis and California will not be part of this political theater." His rhetoric in Tuesday's speech was similar to that of his Democratic predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown. His nascent record suggests that he wants even greater distance from Trump on one of the president's signature issues.

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