Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Jerry Brown May Resist Deploying 400 National Guard Troops to Border

Latest news

    Days after California Governor Jerry Brown accepted President Donald Trump’s offer of additional National Guard troops to secure the U.S. southern border, uncertainty remains as to what the troops would be doing when and if they are deployed.

    Reports began emerging Monday afternoon that California had rejected initial federal government plans for what National Guard troops — sent under the president’s direction, and in coordination with the governor — would be doing in California.

    President Trump declared on April 6 that he would send troops to the U.S. southern border in four states, but would work with the four border-state governors to do so. Last Week, Brown became the fourth to accept National Guard troops — but was very specific about not wanting them to patrol communities and enforce federal immigration law.

    On Monday, the Associated Press reported that California had “rejected the federal government’s initial plans for National Guard troops to the border.”

    State and federal officials sent conflicting messages.

    Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Houlton wrote Monday afternoon:

    Governor Brown has stated publicly that he shares our interest in securing our southern border. DHS and our federal partners are committed to working with the Governor to mobilize the California National Guard to assist DHS’ frontline personnel in our vital missions.

    Acting Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Ron Vitiello told Breitbart News in a joint CBP-Department of Defense-National Guard Bureau briefing that same afternoon that the troops were offered to California to support the El Centro and San Diego Border Patrol sectors. 

    The three officials holding the briefing were asked about the AP report.

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration and Robert Salesses said that the Department of Defense was supporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and CBP. He then clarified that the California National Guard had indicated that it would not perform certain missions that the Border Patrol requested, as they “know them to be right now.” The request involved about 237 Guard members going to the El Centro and San Diego border sectors with specific missions. Salesses said that the California Guard would not perform those missions.

    “We are in continuing dialogue, discussion with the California National Guard and we’ll work closely with Chief Vitiello to see if there’s other kinds of responses willing to accept — California would accept…” said Salesses.

    Salesses said that the activities that Border Patrol had wanted the National Guard troops to participate in had  involved operational support, including: “motor transport maintenance, radio communications, heavy equipment operations, some planning administrative, clerical kinds of responsibilities, and then operating some surveillance camera operators.”

    Vitiello added that these activities were similar to those requested of National Guard troops in the other three border states. He said that federal authorities were grateful for the support that they have ,and that they would continue the discussion with California for future phases of the operation to “see if those fit better with sort of the results as we know them now.”

    Brown’s office told Breitbart News later that afternoon that the Associated Press report was “inaccurate.” An update to that report introduced a statement from Lt. Colonel Tom Keegan that “the federal government has not yet responded and added that the next step is for the federal government to respond by signing the Memorandum of Agreement.”

    Salesses was clear that the troops deployed to the border states “would not perform law enforcement functions” and would “not be placed in direct contact with personnel coming to the border.”

    Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau Lt. General Daniel Hokanson reinforced Salesses’s message.

    Officials holding the afternoon briefing stated that there are currently 900 National Guard troops deployed to the southern border between three states: Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. According to the three officials, there are not yet any troops on the southern border in California.

    Vitiello later said that currently “the Governor has determined that what we’ve asked for so far is unsupportable,” but that they would look toward future iterations of the operation.

    “We’ve got a signal from the governor that he’s not participating,” Vitiello said.

    He mentioned adding capacity in CBP air and marine operations besides what the Guard would bring in aviation support. CBP is also looking for support at ports of entry.

    While California may not participate in the current “level one” operation, Vitiello explained that the state may be interested in subsequent levels.

    View the original article: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/breitbart/~3/_Qg2dLn-Zh4/

    Follow Michelle Moons on Twitter @MichelleDiana 

    In the same category are

    Gunman Dead After Ambushing, Killing Two Sheriff’s Deputies in Restaurant Screenshot by AWR Hawkins20 Apr 20180 20 Apr, 201820 Apr, 2018 Two Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputies were ambushed and killed Thursday by a gunman...
    Exclusive–Kyle Kashuv: Republicans Must Quit Playing Defense and ‘Grow the Second Amendment’ Parkland school shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv told Breitbart News he is concerned that Republicans are too focused on playing defense to actually seiz...
    Media Fail: Plurality See Comey Book as ‘Politically Motivated Attack’ on Trump A plurality of voters, a full 42 percent, believe that the book written by disgraced former FBI Director James Comey is a “politically motivated attac...
    Inception: James Comey Gave CNN Its ‘Pee Tape’ News Hook — by Briefing Trump on Their Search for a News Hook In newly-released personal memos, ex-FBI Director James Comey wrote that he briefed President Donald Trump on unverified claims about an alleged escap...
    Chuck Schumer Backs Effort to Decriminalize Marijuana: My Position ‘Has Evolved’ Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is ready to introduce legislation to decriminalize marijuana. Schumer said in a statement released Friday:...
    DESPERATION: DNC Files Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Against Russia, Trump Campaign for Collusion ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images by Kristina Wong20 Apr 20180 20 Apr, 201820 Apr, 2018 The Democratic National Committee is suing the Russian gove...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *