California Sends National Guard To Border But They Can't Do Anything

The governor of California has agreed to the President's request for troops at the border, but he has some conditions.

Sacramento, CA – The governor of California has responded to President Donald Trump’s request and agreed to send his state’s National Guard to help patrol the U.S. border, but he’s not going to let them do anything when they get there.

"But let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission. This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal laws,” California Governor Jerry Brown wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday.

President Trump recently issued a proclamation citing "the lawlessness that continues at our southern border,” and said he wanted to send an additional 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard troops to help secure the border, according to KCRA.

He asked states that border Mexico to increase their National Guard deployments along the U.S. border with Mexico until the wall has been built.

The governors of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico have already responded positively to President Trump’s request for support to help stop a large group of potential illegal immigrants who have been caravanning toward the United States.

But those governors didn’t put any special stipulations on their response the way Brown did.

In his letter, Brown said he would accept federal funding and send 400 National Guard troops to the help bolster security at the United States border with Mexico, the Washington Examiner reported.

But then he clarified that he would not order California National Guard soldiers to enforce federal laws.

"Your funding for new staffing will allow the Guard to do what it does best: support operations targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers, and illegal firearm and drug smugglers along the border, the coast and throughout the state," Brown said in the letter that he also posted on Twitter.

Some additional National Guard members from other states have already begun arriving at the border, KCRA reported.

KABC reported that Brown won’t begin to mobilize the additional California National Guard members until the federal government has accepted his terms.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@186
Yes I have, plenty of times. I have friends in the area.

See, what everyone thinks is that there are shootouts going on all the time in East LA, and it's simply not true. Gang members shoot at gang members, and even that's going out the window. Gang members don't target civilians.

Have you stepped foot in East LA? I'm talking about in 2018, not 1993.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@tazmech shouldn't that mean that the military should be attacking the KKK as well, then? they are much more violent than the vast majority of immigrants.

Bigold
Bigold

National guard commander in chief is POTUS ...Am I wrong?

Strigoi
Strigoi

n December 1981, the Military Cooperation with Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies Act was enacted clarifying permissible military assistance to domestic law enforcement agencies and the Coast Guard, especially in combating drug smuggling into the United States. Posse Comitatus clarifications emphasize supportive and technical assistance (e.g., use of facilities, vessels, and aircraft, as well as intelligence support, technological aid, and surveillance) while generally prohibiting direct participation of U.S. military personnel in law enforcement (e.g., search, seizure, and arrests).

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