As Donald Trump prepared to speak at the US-Mexico border in another effort to convince voters of the need for a wall to curtail illegal immigration, California's governor, Gavin Newsom, defended his decision to withdraw national guard troops from the border. Jerry Brown- deployed the California National Guard previous year, but placed severe restrictions on how and where the troops could be used by the Trump administration.
Newsom said Trump's plans to deploy another 3,750 USA military troops to the border was yet another reason to realign the priorities of the National Guard.
Newsom said most of the roughly 360 National Guard members deployed to the border would be reassigned to other duties in the state, with about 100 remaining behind as part of a task force targeting drug trafficking and cartels. Under Newsom's order, a small group of forces trained in spotting narcotics would be stationed at California's worldwide points of entry.
Newsom is the second governor this month to pull National Guard troops assigned to the southern border.
"The border "emergency" is a manufactured crisis," according to excerpts of the speech sent to AFP by his office. The efforts to counter the Trump Administration's immigration enforcement increased last summer after outcry over the separating of families at the border. The troop reassignment still needs approval from the U.S. Department of Defense.
We will build a Human Wall if necessary.
U.S. Military troops return from a test deployment with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents after conducting an exercise at the San Ysidro port of entry with Mexico in San Diego on January 10. However, I 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.
In recent months, at least five governors recalled troops or withheld resources for Trump's immigration policies. According to the governor's office, the troops will be pulled back by March 31. "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws". Under Newsom's directive, he said, Guard members would stay away from those areas and not participate in border surveillance.