A week after New Mexico’s new Governor ordered National Guard troops home from the border, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is doing the same.
Newsom will withdraw approximately 400 troops and assign them to other duties. From The New York Times:
“The step to rescind state authorization for the border deployment is a sharp rebuke of President Trump’s continued warnings that undocumented migrants present a national security risk to the United States.
“…Since his election in November, Mr. Newsom has emphasized a progressive vision for California and the country, pitching his state as a leader on issues like immigration, climate change and income inequality. He promised last month to “offer an alternative to the corruption and incompetence in the White House.”
Separately, the Times reports Pentagon officials are concerned that active duty military deployed on the border are not being trained as they should be.
“Senior officers are voicing greater worries that the deployed troops are not conducting the training needed for their regular missions, while other military units must now pick up the routine duties on behalf of their deployed colleagues.”