California to give Trump some National Guard patrols at Mexican border

California to give Trump some National Guard patrols at Mexican border

California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, is not in support of sending troops to the border, but he reluctantly agreed to except federal funding to add roughly 400 National Guard members.

The state's program to combat transnational crime, which targets gangs, human traffickers and firearm and drug smugglers, is now staffed by 250 personnel statewide, including 55 at the California-Mexico border, according to Brown's letter. But not all of them will go to the border, and none will be "enforcing federal immigration laws".

The adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard says 60 troops will be sent on Friday to the border town of Nogales to take part in President Donald Trump's military deployment plan to fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Authorities have said the new barrier would help curb illegal crossings and drug trafficking in one of the busiest sectors along the border. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. The governor also said in his letter that he wants to make it clear that there is "no massive wave of migrants pouring into California".

Although New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has - as the Santa Fe New Mexican reports - "been critical in the past of the president's approach to border security and immigration", her office said this week the state is deploying 80 National Guard troops this week and expects to eventually deploy 250.

Not all 400 troops will head to the US-Mexico border and none will arrest or deport immigrants. The letter was addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Secretary James Mattis and posted on Brown's twitter account with the caption: "California responds".

Border Patrol Chief Greg Burwell said it's a challenge to keep tabs on all of it. Customs and Border Protection report, there was a 37-percent increase overall in March, when compared to February and a 203 percent increase compared to March of past year.

The governor and Secretary Nielsen spoke Wednesday after Brown submitted the Memorandum of Agreement.

Meanwhile, the first members of the National Guard in Texas have already made their way to the U.S-Mexico border. This program is now staffed by 250 personnel statewide, including 55 at the California border. That's why the state and the Guard have long supported this important work and agreed to similar targeted assistance in 2006 under President Bush and in 2010 under President Obama.

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