California governor to pull troops from US-Mexico border

Gov. Gavin Newsom is expanding the size and role of the California governor's office

Gov. Gavin Newsom is expanding the size and role of the California governor's office

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is expected on Monday to withdraw almost 400 of his state's National Guard troops from deployment along the border with Mexico and assign them to other duties, according to aides to the governor.

Newsom has been sharply critical of Trump's immigration policies, noting that the president's proposed border wall is unpopular in California and assailing Trump's State of the Union speech for "stoking fear and spreading hatred" by "manufacturing a border crisis".

Newsom's office says California has about 360 National Guard soldiers deployed on the U.S. Mexico border.

Newsom's scaling down of the National Guard at the border is a departure from what his predecessor, Gov. The troops were deployed by her Republican predecessor, Susana Martinez, past year at Trump's request.

Trump argues the troops, who are supposed to provide surveillance and assist border agents, are needed to fight illegal immigration. The troops can not act to enforce the law or to make arrests.

Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to help build that wall was central to a 35-day partial USA government shutdown that ended last month. Every president since Ronald Reagan has called on the National Guard for limited, temporary missions along the frontier. The troops have remained at the border for 10 months.

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. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

This was in response to the fact that little progress is being made between Democrats and Republicans on the Hill, in terms of reaching an agreement that would help fund Trump's border wall.

The Times quoted excerpts from Newsom's State of the State address, which he will give on Tuesday, to illustrate Newsom's hostility to President Trump. Newsom is reportedly set to pull National Guard troops from the U.S. -Mexico border.

The general order assigns 110 troops for wildfire prevention and another 100 to be used in intelligence operations against drug cartels, including a small group at the state's ports of entry. The Times added, "The governor's office is separately requesting funding from the federal government to add at least 150 troops with the California National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force, according to Nathan Click, a spokesman for the governor". "A quarter of a century later, we're more united than ever, and we're not going back".