Cali. governor to pull National Guard troops from border

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In his address to the nation last week, Trump showed little willingness to compromise, doubling down on calls for a wall and describing illegal immigration as a source of crime and a costly burden on taxpayers.

If that's an implicit slam on Trump's demand for more border-enforcement resources, Newsom plans to get explicit about it soon enough. "I don't know the right adjective..." "The whole thing is ludicrous", he added of the president's border security efforts. During his gubernatorial campaign, Newsom criticized Brown's decision to deploy troops to the border, albeit with measured caution.

The Times quoted the speech asserting, "The Border "emergency" is a manufactured crisis".

He will also declare that "California will not be part of this political theater".

"I'm trying to acknowledge there are some legitimate concerns but I'm not going to play into the hype and the politics", he told reporters before signing an executive order changing the troops' mission.


The governor, a Democrat who took office in January, said border crossings were at their lowest level since 1971 and that the state's undocumented population had dropped to a more than 10-year low.

"This is our answer to the White House: No more division, xenophobia or nativism", the excerpts say.

The order will recall all but a few hundred National Guard troops, who will remain deployed to combat drug and gun smuggling, Newsom's spokesman Nathan Click said.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also recently announced plans to conclude her state's participation in the program.

Michelle Lujan Grisham, D, made a similar decision, ordering the reassignment of troops along New Mexico's southwestern boundary on the same night that Trump spoke about "our very unsafe southern border".


"The border emergency is a manufactured crisis", Newsom is expected to say during his address on Tuesday.

When Brown, a fellow Democrat, approved the mission in April, he said no California troops would participate in immigration-related activities. He made clear his intention to challenge Trump on border and immigration policy, and there is no indication that this will be anything but wildly popular in California.

"It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life".

The decision to scale back on security at the southern border comes as Congressmembers on both sides of the aisle race to reach a resolution on border security that will receive Trump's approval before this Friday, when a funding measure to keep the government running while border talks continue runs out.

This week, it appears as though the second state, California, will do the same.


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