California Gov. Newsom Mostly Ends State's National Guard Border Deployment

The one-day $1-billion California budget gimmick that has lasted for almost a decade

The one-day $1-billion California budget gimmick that has lasted for almost a decade

"If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!"

Newsom, who visited one of those shelters a month before he was sworn into office, and other California state leaders have described what Trump has called a crisis at the border as "self-induced" by the president.

Newsom's predecessor, Jerry Brown, also a Democrat, last April approved the deployment of California National Guard troops but vowed they would not take part in any mission to build Trump's long-sought border wall or to enforce federal immigration laws.

Now, two of the four states which share the Southern Border with Mexico are doing just that.

Gavin Newsom (D) (shown above left) is slated to pull several hundred National Guard troops from the state's border with Mexico on Monday in an apparent rebuff to President Donald Trump's characterization of the region being under siege by Central American refugees and migrants, according to reports. If Harris and Newsom split the home-state vote, that could provide an opening for other Democrats to get past California's new position in the primary.

Newsom's plan would reassign 110 California National Guard members to aid state firefighters in preparing for wildfire season, and redirect an additional 100 troops to work on "intelligence operations" to take down global criminal drug gangs operating within California. The Pentagon has sent thousands of troops to points along the southern border.

Constantly pointing to threats from illegal immigrants, Trump has made building a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border a priority of his presidency. The troops were deployed by her Republican predecessor, Susana Martinez, previous year at Trump's request.

Trump's demand for $5.7 billion USA to help build a wall led to a 35-day partial USA government shutdown that ended last month without the president getting wall funding.

According to CBS News, the Democratic governor plans to keep about 100 of the 360 troops now deployed at the border, but not for immigration purposes.

The general order assigns 110 troops for wildfire prevention and another 100 to be used in intelligence operations against drug cartels, including a small group at the state's ports of entry. The governor's office is separately requesting funding from the federal government to add at least 150 troops to the California National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force, according to Nathan Click, a spokesman for the governor.

"We suffered enough from that in the (1980s and 1990s) with Props 187 and 227", the excerpts read. "A quarter of a century later, we're more united than ever, and we're not going back".

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