Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

California won't participate in United States border security operation

California rejects plan to send National Guard troops to Mexico border, AP reports No Agreement Yet Between California, Defense Department On Terms For National Guard Deployment
Terence Owen | 17 April, 2018, 13:56

The state is now left to wait to see if the feds agree with Brown's conditions.

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".

Two officials have told The Associated Press that California has rejected terms of the federal government's initial plans for sending National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration. Other Republican governors not located on the border have also said they would support the effort with troops including Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.

But the Democratic leader said they would only go if they had nothing to do with immigration enforcement, which means Trump will likely revert to his previous view of Brown, whom he had mocked on Twitter.

Col. Thomas Keegan told Fox News on Monday that country officials haven't denied whatever since the governor vowed four hundred troops last week.

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.

As stated by one USA official, the California Guard has suggested putting about 40 troops to marijuana eradication across the state.

Vitiello made the comments to reporters in Washington Monday after two USA officials told The Associated Press said terms of the federal government's initial plans for sending National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration.

Local man is arrested after leading officers on chase
Police say he drove at a high rate of speed, "passing vehicles in double yellow zones and in construction zones in heavy traffic". McFadden said at one point Morzanti swerved into the oncoming lane, narrowly missing a head-on collision with an oncoming driver.

Keegan said Homeland Security officials and the Department of Defense have not replied to California's offer for a memorandum outlining the mission's scope.

Talks are ongoing and the federal government has yet to publicly respond to Brown's demand that troops avoid immigration enforcement or the state's position on avoiding the specific jobs proposed, the officials said.

Tyler Houlton said in a tweet that the California governor shares an interest on securing the border with Mexico. "So, at some point that might come together". Drawing that line will likely prove hard because the Border Patrol combats illegal immigration but also drug smuggling and other crimes.

Trump wants to send up to 4,000 troops to the border and has commitments for about 2,400 from those states and California.

Brown last week characterized his decision to contribute troops as a welcome infusion of federally-funded support to fight transnational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers.

Officials holding the afternoon briefing stated that there are now 900 National Guard troops deployed to the southern border between three states: Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Jerry Brown to mobilize the state's National Guard in its border mission.

He mentioned adding capacity in CBP air and marine operations besides what the Guard would bring in aviation support.

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