Breaking News from the AP: the state of California has officially rejected President Trump’s initial plans to station National Guard troops along its border with Mexico.
BREAKING: AP sources: California rejects US plan for National Guard troops pledged for Trump border security mission.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 16, 2018
Two US officials told the AP that the plan was rejected because “the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement.” Last week California Governor Jerry Brown supported President Trump’s plan as long as it wasn’t connected to immigration enforcement.
California Governor Jerry Brown is doing the right thing and sending the National Guard to the Border. Thank you Jerry, good move for the safety of our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018
But that was then. Now California officials have said no.
So California's governor won't let his National Guard troops perform border-control duties like: (1) repairing vehicles, (2) buying gasoline, (3) handling payroll, and (4) operating radios. Methinks he was less than earnest last week. https://t.co/39i9BTittV
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) April 16, 2018
President Trump wants troops on the border because he received a fraction of the money he requested from Congress to build his border wall. So, he asked border state governors to activate guard units to enforce immigration. Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona have signed on but California doesn’t want any part of it.