California to pull National Guard troops from Mexican border

Blanche Robertson
February 12, 2019

"And California will not be part of this political theater". Politico reports that Newsom will focus heavily on the issue in his "state of the state" address tomorrow, in which he will frame this move as a direct rebuke to the White House.

Newsom will reassign roughly 110 troops to beef up California's fire preparation efforts ahead of the next wildfire season and expand the guard's counterdrug task force program. And on his first full day in office last month, Newsom said he had directed California National Guard Adjutant General David Baldwin to prepare "a menu of options".

"This is our answer to the White House: No more division, xenophobia or nativism", Newsom plans to say, according to prepared remarks.

Slamming President Donald Trump for his use of "political theater", Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced that he is withdrawing National Guard troops from California's southern border with Mexico in order to "refocus on the real threats our state is facing".

After initially praising Brown for agreeing to his deployment request, President Trump then criticized him for not supporting, in his words, a safe and secure border.

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At a news conference Monday, Newsom called Americans lazy, saying they should question why the Trump Administration wants to spend $5.7 billion on border security. "Which is why I have given the National Guard a new mission". The Pentagon has sent thousands of troops to points along the southern border.

Patricia Gandara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles, commended the governor's decision, pointing to the state's own battles over immigration and its treatment of immigrants - including 1994's fight over Proposition 187, which sought to cut off schooling and health services for immigrants here illegally. "We're the fifth-largest economy in the world".

"We are living in a state and in a nation where people that are here without documentation commit crimes at a substantially lower level than native-born citizens. How do you reconcile that if you think immigrants are taking our jobs and bringing down the economy?"

Newsom has long held up California as a more rational alternative to Trump's agenda.

Lujan Grisham said that while she did not subscribe to the Trump administration's belief of a "national security crisis" at the U.S. -Mexico border, she said she did "recognize and appreciate the legitimate concerns of residents and officials in southwestern New Mexico, particularly Hidalgo County, who have asked for our assistance, as migrants and asylum-seekers continue to appear at their doorstep".

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