California Gov. Newsom Will Withdraw National Guard From Border

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Last week, Lujan Grisham, the Governor of New Mexico ordered the National Guard to withdraw deployment from her state, saying "I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the Southern border".

He plans to redeploy 110 troops to assist with wildfire preparation and 150 will work on the state's counterdrug task force program.

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown had agreed to deploy the National Guard troops last April under the condition that they "will not enforce immigration laws or participate in the construction of any new border barrier". But the Guard troops remain under the authority of their state governor and adjutant general.

"This is our answer to the White House: No more division, xenophobia or nativism", the excerpts say.

Gavin Newsom will order 360 National Guard members to leave the state's boundary with Mexico, according to The Los Angeles Times.

His address will offer yet another opportunity for Newsom to outline his vision for California, a state dominated by Democrats, and contrast it with stalemates in Washington.

The two states' previous governors had agreed a year ago to a Trump administration request to send troops to the border; the decision to withdraw the service members effectively bucks the president's request for support, signaling perhaps a new tone from the two Democratic governors, who were each newly elected to their offices in November.

The responsibilities between federal and state immigration efforts are often blurred, as many California National Guard troops have taken on responsibilities usually held by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents-such as administrative support and surveillance efforts. "They will refocus on the real threats facing our state", Newsom is expected to say. Newsom publicly crossed swords with his predecessor Jerry Brown over the deployment during the gubernatorial campaign past year, albeit in more respectful terms.

Newsom does want to leave 100 California troops working with the federal government to focus on combating transnational drug and gun smuggling.

Aside from state National Guards, the president has ordered thousands of active-duty troops to the border.

Trump has until Friday to make a deal with Democrats to fund the government or parts will shut down again. The troops can not act to enforce the law or to make arrests. Brown said the troops couldn't engage in immigration activities.

Newsom has laid out his vision for California twice already, in his inaugural address and through his first crack at the state budget.