California Gov. Gavin Newsom stated Monday he’s withdrawing a lot of the state’s Nationwide Guard troops on the Mexico border because he won’t participate within the Trump administration’s “absurd theatrics” on border security.
Nonetheless, he acknowledged some troops have been doing good work preventing drug crime and stated he plans to allow one hundred of the roughly 360 state troops now deployed to maintain working with the federal authorities.
“I am making an attempt to acknowledge there are some professional considerations however I am not going to play into the hype and the politics,” he advised reporters before signing an government order altering the troops’ mission.
Former Gov. Jerry Brown agreed in April to deploy up to four hundred troops to the border in response to a request from the Trump administration made to 4 border states. Brown made it clear then that California troops couldn’t help in immigration enforcement, but Newsom stated there’s been a “gray area” in their duties.
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Maj. Gen. David Baldwin of the California National Guard stated the troops have not participated in immigration detention but some are conducting digital camera surveillance that would inadvertently assist in immigration enforcement.
Newsom’s rebuke of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration came on the eve of Newsom’s first state of the state handle as governor of the nation’s most populous state and frequent foil to Washington. In saying his determination to withdraw…