California Governor Orders 400 Guard Troops to Assist Border Patrol

Soldiers from the Texas Army National Guard keep watch on the banks of the Rio Grande where some of them will be armed where necessary

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wrote on Twitter that final details were still being worked out 'but we are looking forward to the support'.

However, the governor sent military personnel on the condition that "the California National Guard will not enforce immigration laws or participate in the construction of any new border barrier". The administration asked him to send 237 troops, officials said.

"Brown's inflexibility appears to be in line with Californians" views.

The Brown and Trump administrations have clashed in court over immigration policy.

Sixty-four per cent say state and local law enforcement should limit their cooperation with federal immigration officials.

Some of Brown's troops may be deployed this month and are expected to stay until at least September 30, Brown said.

It will be up to governors and adjutant generals of each state participating to decide of guard members will carry their personal weapons for self-defense, Hokanson said. Almost 250 were in Arizona, more than 60 in New Mexico and about 650 in Texas.

Trump had lashed out at Gov.

Brown said Tuesday that he is interested in finding a compromise.

Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from President Donald Trump last week for pledging 400 troops to the Guard's third large-scale border mission since 2006.

The Republican president claimed Tuesday that crime in California will worsen because of Brown's actions.

Vitiello said the governor decided California will not accept terms of an initial troop rollout for the state that was similar to plans for the other three border states, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. He later told reporters that he wanted up to 4,000 troops on the border, "until such time as we get the wall".

Wednesday's announcement is consistent with plans Brown revealed April 11 to dispatch troops along the U.S. -Mexico border, on the coastline, and within the state.

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

He said guard troops can be armed, but only when the mission requires it. They said the governor had rejected requests to have troops watch border cameras, perform maintenance on vehicles and do clerical tasks, all of which could have freed agents to go into the field.

Westrup said the order was issued Wednesday after California received a funding commitment for the mission from the federal government.

Asking about sanctuary cities laws Griff Jenkins said, "What do you say to the families of victims of criminal illegal aliens?"

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