California rejects federal plan for National Guard duties at the border

Brown, a Democrat, has become one of Trump's most effective foils on the national stage, pushing back against the president on immigration, environment and legalized marijuana. The Defense Department authorized use of the National Guard to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection, he told the Senate panel, noting that Defense Secretary James N. Mattis authorized up to 4,000 troops through September 30 in the ongoing effort. "The high crime rate will only get higher", Mr. Trump warned.

Trump wants thousands of guard troops to help with immigration enforcement until his promised U.S. -Mexico border wall is built.

According to two U.S. officials, the initial jobs for those troops include fixing and maintaining vehicles, using remote-control surveillance cameras to report suspicious activity to U.S. Border Patrol agents, operating radios and providing "mission support", which can include clerical work, buying gas and handling payrolls.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deputy commissioner Ron Vitiello told reporters during a news conference Monday that the troops - which may total up to 4,000 - would be stationed along the border until CBP can bolster its own forces.

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"The situation at the border has now reached a point of crisis", he said in the memo. He can not come to terms for the National Guard in its border mission.

The guard previously deployed to the Nogales area in 2006 under President George W. Bush, and in 2010 under President Barack Obama.

Asked here during a visit to the border fence replacement project what Trump meant and whether the tweet had racial overtones, Kirstjen Nielsen said she couldn't speak "to a particular meaning of the tweet". The legislation prohibits law enforcement officers from enforcing federal immigration laws that target people based on their race or ethnic origin. The state has filed more than 30 lawsuits already, and Brown quipped Tuesday that "we have so many lawsuits now that a few more doesn't make any difference".

In the meantime, however, Trump has once again signaled that California and federal officials are not on the same page at all regarding how the National Guard might be deployed. And administration officials said Monday that state officials had interpreted that broadly, severely limiting the tasks they would allow the Guard to perform. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life.

Last week, Brown pledged 400 troops but conditioned support on them having nothing to do with immigration enforcement.

"Trying to stop drug smuggling, human tracking and guns going to Mexico to the cartels, that sounds to me like fighting crime", Brown said.

That agreement had fallen apart by Monday, however.

Jenkins later pressed Brown on what he would say to the families of victims of criminal illegal aliens who say their loved ones would still be alive if California cooperated with federal immigration law.


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