Gov. Brown agrees to deploy troops to US-Mexico border

Gov. Brown agrees to deploy troops to US-Mexico border

Responding to President Donald Trump's call for deployment of the National Guard to the U.S. -Mexico border, a defiant Gov.

McGuire said the current available funding could support the deployment of up to 4,000 troops in four border states: Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. But in a letter sent Wednesday, Brown says California troops will not enforce federal immigration laws or build a border wall.

The deployment will almost triple the size of the California National Guard's transnational crime program, which now has 250 members, including 55 at the border.

Westrup said that the governor's decision to deploy 400 troops is "consistent" with the number requested by the federal government, but didn't say whether federal officials had requested they be assigned to fight transnational crime or to a different assignment.

A Pentagon memo released last week said none of the National Guard troops will perform law enforcement functions or interact with people detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security without Pentagon approval.

He has already won commitments for about 1,600 from the Republican governors of the other states that border Mexico- Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

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She had planned to get a firsthand look Thursday at the work being done to replace existing vehicle barriers with what is being billed as part of President Donald Trump's border wall.

The federal government must agree to the terms before the troops would be deployed.

California's "sanctuary" policies limiting cooperation with US immigration agents have been a target for Trump's ire, and in his most recent weekly address he called the state "a border-free zone where thousands of criminal aliens can roam free". It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life.

A spokesman for Brown said the location and assignment of troops would "be dictated by the needs on the ground".

Brown qualified those requirements noting that there is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California. Brown noted in his letter that "immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they've been in almost 50 years".

On Saturday, five planners from the National Guard arrived in the Laredo border patrol sector, where they heard requests and operational input from Burwell and his staff. He added those were the same reasons he agreed to similar targeted assistance from President Bush and Obama in past years.