California's governor is getting ready to withdraw all of the state's National Guard troops from the U.S. -Mexico border.
The announcement comes the same day Newsome announced the withdrawal of National Guard Troops from the border. Without California and New Mexico's forces, only just over 1,700 troops would be left in Texas and Arizona.
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 two states' previous governors had agreed past year to a Trump administration request to send troops to the border; the decision to withdraw the service members effectively bucks the president's request for support, signaling perhaps a new tone from the two Democratic governors, who were each newly elected to their offices in November.
Newsom's order calls for National Guard troops to be pulled back from the border no later than March 31.
Newsom's predecessor -former Gov.
El Paso County passes a resolution saying it is "disillusioned by President Trump's lies regarding the border and our community", citing past false statements and the likelihood of new ones at rally tonight.
"This is our answer to the White House: No more division, xenophobia or nativism", Newsom plans to say in his State of the State speech that he will deliver on Tuesday morning.
In his address to the nation last week, Trump showed little willingness to compromise, doubling down on calls for a wall and describing illegal immigration as a source of crime and a costly burden on taxpayers. Newsom is reportedly set to pull National Guard troops from the U.S. -Mexico border.
In a similar move, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham last week ordered most National Guard troops deployed at the state's border with Mexico to withdraw, also rejecting the Republican president's contention of a crisis. The troops can not act to enforce the law or to make arrests. He ordered that they not enforce immigration laws or participate in building a new border barrier. Under Newsom's directive, he said, Guard members would stay away from those areas and not participate in border surveillance.
The Pentagon announced plans last week to send 3,750 troops to the border to install concertina wire and help Customs and Border Protection agents.
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