California rejects Trump administration plan for National Guard troops on border

California rejects Trump administration plan for National Guard troops on border

Ronald D. Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection department, said Monday that he received word of the state's decision.

California has rejected the Trump administration's initial plans for National Guard troops at the state's border with Mexico, arguing the work is too closely tied to immigration enforcement.

Governor Jerry Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from President Trump last week for pledging 400 troops to the Guard's third large-scale border mission since 2006.

He added that talks are ongoing.

Talks between the USA and California officials about the duties California troops would perform, according to the Associated Press, soured over the weekend after California officials told the Trump administration they would not participate in vehicle maintenance and other initial jobs across the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

But the Democratic Brown conditioned his support by insisting that California's troops have nothing to do with immigration enforcement. Brown said the state is waiting for the federal government to finalize a memorandum of understanding for the use of the troops, and no negotiation over their role can take place until that document is signed.

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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. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump and Protection Secretary James Mattis licensed Upto 4,000 National Guard staff that will assist the Department of Homeland Protection secure the border from several southwestern US states.

Arizona deployed its first 225 National Guard members to the Mexican border on Monday after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to the frontier region to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration Robert G. Salesses said there is no estimate for the operation's cost, which is funded by the U.S. government.

Discussions between Sacramento and federal officials hit a roadblock over the weekend, when state authorities refused to agree to let guardsmen do vehicle maintenance and other jobs outlined in an initial federal plan, according to the AP's report.

Also a deputy assistant secretary at the Defense Department, Robert Salesses, claimed California has diminished to commit more than 200 troops to the campaign.

"The federal government has not yet responded", Keegan said in an emailed statement.

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