California rejects border duties for troops — APNewsBreak

California rejects border duties for troops — APNewsBreak

Jerry Brown Wednesday mobilized up to 400 National Guard troops in response to President Donald Trump's call for an increased presence along the Mexico border, but Brown insisted they won't be enforcing immigration laws.

The language of the order and Brown's letter detail the ongoing battle between the state of California and the Trump administration over federal immigration policy.

California National Guard troops will not enforce immigration laws or participate in the construction of any new border barrier, the governor's office said in a statement.

Brown hasn't explicitly outlined how he would distinguish between immigration-related work and going after criminal gangs and drug and gun smugglers.

"There's been a little bit of back and forth, as you always get with bureaucrats but I think we can find common understanding here", Brown said Tuesday in Washington.

The Republican governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have openly embraced the administration's plans and specific jobs for their troops, along with Trump's premise to fight illegal immigration and drugs. Texas National Guard members are already doing aerial and ground surveillance.

He had originally elicited rare and effusive praise from the president last week after he said he would participate in the Guard's third large-scale border mission since 2006.

Federal officials had refused to sign that proposal because they said it was outside established protocol for the Guard. Drawing that line will likely prove hard because the Border Patrol combats illegal immigration but also drug smuggling and other crimes.

Some troops may be deployed this month and are expected to stay until at least September 30, Brown said. But Vitiello emphasized that California may contribute in other ways must still be worked out. "And I believe we have the legal horsepower to block the immediate legal moves by the Trump administration".

Saying the federal government had committed to funding the mission, Gov. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

"Service members shall not engage in virtually any law authorities role nor enforce immigration laws, arrest individuals for immigration law offenses, shield persons taken into custody for alleged immigration offenses, or support immigration law authorities pursuits", the executive arrangement reads.

Trump chose on Tuesday to Twitter to phone Brown for ldquo; trying to straight from this National Guard in the edge out.

The Guard had about 900 troops working on the border mission Monday, a number that changes daily, said Lt. Almost 250 were in Arizona, more than 60 in New Mexico and about 650 in Texas.