California limits National Guard's border mission, risking clash with Trump

California limits National Guard's border mission, risking clash with Trump

California limits National Guard's border mission, risking clash with Trump

California has rejected the federal government's initial plans for National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement, two USA officials told The Associated Press.

Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ronald D. Vitiello says California's governor has determined that some tasks federal officials want the state's National Guard to perform at the U.S. -Mexico border are "unsupportable".

Homeland Security officials said they'll try again, hoping to come up with a different set of duties, such as screening cargo, where the California guard could assist without having to worry about boosting immigration enforcement. "The federal government has not yet responded", Keegan said in a statement sent to reporters. The state informed federal officials that its troops will not be allowed to fix vehicles, operate remote surveillance equipment, operate radios, or provide other "mission support" to border agents. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Salesses, the Pentagon official, said the Border Patrol had asked California to send 237 troops to the agency's San Diego and El Centro sectors, but state officials panned the request.

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"We're refining our requirements", Vitiello said.

Lawmakers declined to provide Trump the $25 billion his administration is seeking to build hundreds of miles of barriers at the border, and the president this month said the National Guard deployment could be needed until a wall - his signature campaign promise - was in place.

Arizona deployed its first 225 National Guard members to the Mexican border on Monday after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to the frontier region to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

Brown last week characterized his decision to contribute troops as a welcome infusion of federally funded support to fight transnational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers.

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

Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, though, have embraced Mr. Trump's call.

And they insisted they won't make the same mistakes as previous deployments such as Operation Jump Start during the Bush administration, when guard troops were deployed for construction and other forward activities - but were unarmed and had to be protected by Border Patrol agents.

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