California pulls most National Guard troops from U.S.-Mexico border

California pulls most National Guard troops from U.S.-Mexico border

"The border "emergency" is a manufactured crisis," Newsom is expected to say during his State of the State address on Tuesday, according to an excerpt from his prepared remarks.

In an implicit slap at Donald Trump, Gov. Gavin Newsom will order an end to the National Guard deployment at the US-Mexico border in California.

Last week President Trump tweeted that he is sending additional USA military to the Southern Border, saying, "Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border".

Newsom said some of the National Guard troops would be re-deployed to help fight what he said were mushrooming illegal marijuana farms following approval of a 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational cannabis - legislation the governor helped champion. When Brown, a fellow Democrat, approved the mission in April, he said no California troops would participate in immigration-related activities.

Last week during the State if the Union, Grishman shared a video of her literally tearing through walls in a jab to Trump's southern border wall plans. The governor's office says some of these troops who are "specially trained counter-narcotic screeners" will be deployed to California ports of entry - both at the Mexican border and elsewhere.

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About 100 troops will continue working with the federal government combating transnational drug and gun smuggling.

Newsom's general order reassigns more than 200 troops to support wildfire prevention efforts and expand operations to counter drugs and cartels across California, with a group of forces trained in spotting narcotics to be stationed at the state's worldwide points of entry. He ordered that they not enforce immigration laws or participate in building a new border barrier.

Texas and Arizona still have troops on the border. The troops can not act to enforce the law or to make arrests.

Then-California Senate leader Kevin De Leon and 26 state legislators urged Brown to end the National Guard agreement. She referred to "the president's charade of border fear-mongering". And on his first full day in office last month, Newsom said he had directed California National Guard Adjutant General David Baldwin to prepare "a menu of options".

Newsom's reversal of Brown's deployment is no surprise. "Brown signed, how does remuneration work, what exactly is the work now being done versus the work that was initiated when the executive order wasn't in place", Newsom said that day.

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