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California to pull National Guard troops from Mexican border

The one-day $1-billion California budget gimmick that has lasted for almost a decade California Governor To Pull National Guard Troops From U.S.-Mexico Border: 'This Is Our Answer To The White House—No More Division'
Deanna Wagner | 12 February, 2019, 03:45

Gavin Newsom said on Monday that he is ready to withdraw hundreds of the state's National Guard troops from the U.S. -Mexico border, a rebuke to President Donald Trump's stance that a national security crisis is unfolding there. Another 110 will be assigned to wildfire preparation duty.

The move was a rebuke to President Donald Trump, who won election in 2016 partly on a populist pledge to build a wall on the southern US border which he said in his campaign Mexico would pay for. On his first day on the job, Newsom directed the California National Guard Adjutant to prepare a "menu of options" to end the participation in Trump's initiative.

Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to help build that wall was central to a 35-day partial US government shutdown that ended last month.

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.

Last week President Trump tweeted that he is sending additional USA military to the Southern Border, saying, "Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border".

Just a month into his governorship of the nation's most populous state, Newsom has sparred with Trump on immigration and other issues.

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Jerry Brown (above right) originally approved the mission through the end of March, but qualified that the state's troops "will not be enforcing federal immigration laws". The governor's office says some of these troops who are "specially trained counter-narcotic screeners" will be deployed to California ports of entry - both at the Mexican border and elsewhere.

Trump has deployed an extra 3,750 USA troops on the border this month. As NPR's Greg Myre has reported, the National Guard and other troops at the border are limited to providing surveillance and other support roles. Every president since Ronald Reagan has called on the National Guard for limited, temporary missions along the frontier. The troops were deployed by her Republican predecessor, Susana Martinez, previous year at Trump's request.

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Newsom's order precedes the new governor's State of the State address Tuesday.

Newsom's office did not provide a timeline for the redeployments.

He added: "I can assure you I have not deviated from my previous statements in terms of my desire to move in a different direction".