California's governor is getting ready to withdraw all of the state's National Guard troops from the U.S. -Mexico border.
In his State of the State address on Tuesday, the newly elected Democratic governor will say that border crossings had fallen to their lowest since 1971 and California's undocumented population had dropped to a more than 10-year low, spokesperson Brian Ferguson said.
"This is our answer to the White House: No more division, xenophobia or nativism", Newsom plans to say, according to prepared remarks. The new governor told the California National Guard Adjutant General David Baldwin to get ready for a "menu of options" upon Newsom's first full day in office.
A section of the U.S. -Mexico border fence as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. A budget standoff between Trump and congressional Democrats over the proposal led to a 35-day government shutdown, the longest in US history. And Trump has threatened that if he does not reach an agreement with Congress by this Friday, February 15, he will either partially shut down the federal government again or declare a national emergency. He made clear his intention to challenge Trump on border and immigration policy, and there is no indication that this will be anything but wildly popular in California.
"Tolerance for illegal immigration is not compassionate - it is cruel", he said.
El Paso County passes a resolution saying it is "disillusioned by President Trump's lies regarding the border and our community", citing past false statements and the likelihood of new ones at rally tonight.
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Back in April, President Donald Trump approved the deployment of up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the border in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. What Trump seems to have forgotten, however, is that individual states along the border have the right to pull troops if they so desire.
This week, it appears as though the second state, California, will do the same.
"We're still listening, we're still talking, but we're not leading the negotiations", he said. "We're the fifth-largest economy in the world. How do you reconcile that if you think immigrants are taking our jobs and bringing down the economy?" Jerry Brown, also a Democrat, with the Trump administration to add 400 troops to the border. They can not act as a police force or make arrests.
We will build a Human Wall if necessary.
Newsom's decision to rollback Brown's troop deployment at the border does not come as a surprise.
Trump later dispatched more than 5,200 active-duty military troops to the border in October before the 2018 midterm election as a caravan of migrants arrived in the US from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Another 150 will expand the Guard's federally funded, state-coordinated Counterdrug Task Force (CDTF), and 100 will focus in on conducting counter narcotics search and seizure operations targeting transnational criminal organizations around ports of entry.
According to CBS News, the Democratic governor plans to keep about 100 of the 360 troops now deployed at the border, but not for immigration purposes. The troops can not act to enforce the law or to make arrests. "However, there is a gray area", Baldwin said. "It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life".
The Times quoted the speech asserting, "The Border "emergency" is a manufactured crisis".