California Gov. agrees to deploy National Guard troops, but with a twist

Texan officials said about 300 troops would be dispatched by the state weekly until the complement of the National Guard reaches at least 1,000

Instead, California's national guard troops will combat transnational drug crime, firearms smuggling, and human trafficking.

Across California, 250 members of the state's National Guard are conducting what the governor called "counterdrug missions", including the 55 at the border. Although New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has - as the Santa Fe New Mexican reports - "been critical in the past of the president's approach to border security and immigration", her office said this week the state is deploying 80 National Guard troops this week and expects to eventually deploy 250.

State government officials in California said Brown's proposed agreement on the troop deployment had been submitted to the federal government for approval.

Trump has said that he wants as many as 4,000 guard members to assist Border Patrol agents until a wall is built.

The spokeswoman for President Donald Trump has welcomed the decision by California's Democrat governor to deploy 400 National Guard troops for a presidential request aimed at fighting illegal immigration and drug trafficking along the U.S. -Mexico border. The Republican governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas accepted the administration's request to send National Guard troops to the border fairly quickly last week.

Brown specified that not all the troops will head to the U.S. -Mexico border and none will enforce federal immigration enforcement.

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He says none of the troops who are being deployed are required to carry guns but that they can do so if they feel the need to protect themselves.

Burwell said National Guard troops will act in an administrative and support capacity: clearing roads, maintaining vehicles, and scanning for border crossings by air.

And the governor insisted in his letter that Trump's public pronouncements on border threats were misguided - pointing to statistics that show the number of detained immigrants in California is at its lowest point in almost 50 years. He said the state's transnational-crime effort now includes 250 personnel statewide, including 55 at the border.

The governor also noted that the state guard "agreed to similar targeted assistance" under the past two presidents.

Here are the facts: there is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California. He said that immigrant apprehension at the border was down to the lowest they have been in the last 50 years.

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