California won't participate in U.S. border security operation

California won't participate in U.S. border security operation

California rejected President Trump's plans to send National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement, two USA officials told The Associated Press. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that she would not let National Guard troops from her state be stationed at the Mexican border, even though President Donald Trump did not request her troops.

But the Democratic Brown conditioned his support by insisting that California's troops have nothing to do with immigration enforcement. "I am deeply troubled by the Trump Administration's plan to militarize the United States-Mexico border and write to urge you to reject requests to deploy the California National Guard to assist in an ill-defined mission to address a nonexistent threat,"de Leon wrote". But the Governor's office told ABC7 News that they have not rejected anything and nothing has changed since Brown wrote a letter to feds last week. The federal government has not yet responded.

California on Monday said it would no longer allow its National Guard troops to fulfill the mission as requested by the Department of Defense.

The three officials holding the briefing were asked about the AP report.

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"The California National Guard has indicated they will not perform these missions as we know them to be right now", he said.

CBP's Vitiello said the planned mission "will continue" without the California National Guard. In the presidential memorandum April 4, he said a "drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border" is threatening national security. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. "The next step is for the federal government to respond by signing the Memorandum of Agreement", per a statement released by the California National Guard.

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They will monitor cameras and sensors, provide aerial support, fix roads and vehicles, do administrative work and clear brush - jobs that don't involve law enforcement and won't put them in harm's way, defense and border officials said Monday. General Daniel R. Hokanson, the National Guard Bureau's vice chief.

A National Guard troop watches over Rio Grande River on the border in Roma, Texas on Wednesday.

Vitiello later said that now "the Governor has determined that what we've asked for so far is unsupportable", but that they would look toward future iterations of the operation.

"We are anticipating additional requirements, and we got a signal from California that they are interested in improving border security", Vitiello said.

"The assignments we've chosen - aviation is going to be big for us, monitoring sensors and cameras, helping with dispatch, doing some logistical support like vehicles and road maintenance - there will be less of an operational footprint", he said.

While California may not participate in the current "level one" operation, Vitiello explained that the state may be interested in subsequent levels. CBP is also looking for support at ports of entry.

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