California governor to withdraw Guard troops from border, reassign them to other roles

California governor to withdraw Guard troops from border, reassign them to other roles
Gavin Newsom (Image: ABC 7 LA video)

[Ed. – Joining the governor of New Mexico in doing the same thing.  In some ways a symbolic gesture, since most of California’s border with Mexico has a wall/fence (about 105 miles out of 140).  But nevertheless effectively a determination to NOT protect Californians, instead leaving the state in a law-enforcement tail chase, always mopping up after violent crimes rather than preventing them.]

California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans Monday to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops from the state’s southern border with Mexico in defiance of the Trump administration’s request for support from border states.

About 100 of the 360 troops will remain deployed under California’s agreement with the federal government to focus specifically on combating transnational crime such as drug and gun smuggling, Newsom spokesman Nathan Click said. Specifically, they will be tasked with providing intelligence on transnational crime and assist with cargo dock operations and searches of commercial trucks for contraband. …

“The border ’emergency’ is a manufactured crisis, and California will not be part of this political theater,” Newsom plans to say in his Tuesday State of the State address, according to excerpts released by his office.

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