[Ed. – If “talks are ongoing,” it sounds like Brown is posturing publicly for all he can get out of this, and could quietly add the state’s contingent to the federal mission as long as he can plausibly deny that the troops are doing “immigration enforcement.” I don’t think he actually wants to provoke a standoff with Trump over federal immigration enforcement before the 2018 election. That would not go well for Democratic candidates, and he knows it.]
Brown’s offer of troops for the mission that Trump wants up to 4,000 troops to perform is still in place. But state authorities told federal officials late last week that the California Guard will not perform tasks in an initial rollout planned for all four border states, according to officials with knowledge of the talks who spoke condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
Those jobs include fixing and maintaining vehicles, using remote-control surveillance cameras to report suspicious activity to U.S. border patrol agents, operating radios and providing “mission support,” which can include clerical work, buying gas and handling payroll, the officials said. California National Guard members have done such work in previous border deployments.
Talks are ongoing and 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, the officials said.
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