California limits National Guard's border mission, risking clash with Trump

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California's Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has repeatedly come in President Trump's political crosshairs, received rare praise from the president last week after he agreed to installing 400 troops in the National Guard's third large-scale border mission since 2006.

The country of California has opted never to take part in the Trump government's no effort to ship National Guard troops to the nation's southern border with Mexico, a Defense Department official affirmed at a briefing Monday. Jerry Brown is rejecting the troops' assignment from the federal government.


Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration Robert G. Salesses says officials wanted 237 for service in two areas of California with "a set of mission responsibility there that California National Guard has indicated they will not perform".

Trump has frequently clashed with Brown over the state's "sanctuary" policies limiting the participation of state and local police in federal immigration enforcement. "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws".


California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan told the Associated Press on Monday that the state was awaiting a formal response from the Trump administration. With increased manpower and funding in recent years, the Border Patol has seen the number illegal crossings.

Talks between US and California officials about the duties the California troops would perform soured Friday and over the weekend after state authorities told federal officials that they would not participate in vehicle maintenance and the other jobs outlined for an initial phase across the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, the USA officials said.


Lawmakers declined to provide Trump the $25 billion his administration is seeking to build hundreds of miles of barriers at the border, and the president this month said the National Guard deployment could be needed until a wall - his signature campaign promise - was in place.

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