Tuesday, March 19, 2019

California Governor sends troops to the Mexican Border

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed an order authorizing 400 state National Guard troops to be deployed as part of President Donald Trump’s order for troops to be sent to the U.S. border with Mexico.

“We want to be cooperative,” Mr. Brown said Tuesday during an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington. “There’s been a little bit of back and forth, as you always get with bureaucrats. There’s enough problems at the border and the interface between our countries that California will have plenty to do—and we’re willing to do it.”

Mr. Brown’s order came after days of discussions with the Trump administration about what role California troops would serve to help the U.S. Border Patrol. The Democratic governor last week said he would send 400 troops but refused to allow California troops to do jobs that would support immigration enforcement. 

According to Governor Brown’s order, state troops are to be used solely to combat transnational crime, including human, drug and weapons smuggling. The governor’s office said the troops would work along the border and the coasts as well as in the interior of the state.

Earlier this month, President Trump called for as many as 4,000 National Guard troops to be deployed to help the U.S. Border Patrol secure the Mexican border amid what the president described as a crisis. Critics have questioned the need for troops as the federal government has reported the number of people caught crossing the border illegally has fallen to the lowest level since the early 1970’s.

The Republican governors of New Mexico, Arizona and Texas were quick to support the move and each pledged to send hundreds of troops to help operate surveillance cameras, do vehicle maintenance and conduct non-enforcement tasks. Mr. Brown’s office said the federal government would fund the deployment and the order signed last week will be in place until Sept. 30.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL