Trump Blasts California Governor Over National Guard Commitment to Border

19 April 2018, 02:54 | Isaac Mcdaniel

APNewsBreak: California rejects border duties for troops

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It's not entirely clear.

The Democratic governor cast his decision as a welcome infusion of support paid for by the USA government to fight transnational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers.

However, the troops will not help build the wall, Vitiello said. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life.

Trump's visit came on the heels of a trip the prior week by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce that the Trump administration is suing California in an attempt to block its "sanctuary" laws.

A handful of states and the Trump administration have filed a lawsuit arguing the laws interfere with or block federal immigration enforcement efforts in order to protect people in the USA illegally, and violate the Constitution's supremacy clause, which makes state law subordinate to federal law.

A California National Guard commander, Lt. Col. Tom Keegan, disputed that characterization, and said in a statement Monday that "state officials have not rejected anything".

"The federal government has not yet responded".

Ronald Vitiello, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, indicated that talks had stalled but had not broken down completely.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday took fresh aim at California and its "sanctuary" laws affecting undocumented immigrants, claiming that many areas of the state want out of what he characterized as "this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept".

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Gov. Jerry Brown, D, subsequently said Trump was "going to war" with his state.

CBP's Vitiello said the planned mission "will continue" without the California National Guard.

Vitiello emphasized that California may participate in other ways that must still be worked out. "There's enough problems at the border and the interface between our countries that California will have plenty to do - and we're willing to do it".

"Wait a drug smuggling, trafficking and guns going to Mexico to the cartels?" "I think we're pretty close to an agreement".

Brown, who spoke at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, said the negotiations are ongoing and gave no indication that he had reversed course and decided against sending the troops.

According to the disputed report, California didn't want its personnel fixing vehicles or monitoring surveillance cameras, among other assignments. Brown to mobilize the state's National Guard in its border mission.

"We can not let people enter our country", Trump said. "It will be an iterative process".

Mayor Doyle, however, said he's not concerned that bringing in the guard will have negative effects on the community or on cross-border relationships, instead saying the added support will make Border Patrol agents more amiable and "positive".

Pentagon officials said Monday that they are still calculating what the troop deployment will cost.

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