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    Gov. Jerry Brown Plays Politics with Agreement to Send National Guard Troops to the Southern Border

    Gov. Jerry Brown Plays Politics with Agreement to Send National Guard Troops to the Southern Border

    The #Resistence may be thrilled, but Brown’s caveat purely self-aggrandizing

    Unlike his Oregon counterpart, California Governor Jerry Brown has positively responded to President Donald Trump’s request to add more troops for border security.

    After days of speculation, California decided Wednesday that it will comply with federal requests to deploy National Guard personnel to the border California shares with Mexico.

    The California National Guard will accept federal money to beef up border security, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement published Wednesday morning.

    …The deployment’s purpose is to supplement California’s existing efforts to “combat transnational crime,” Brown said. Already at the state’s 140.4-mile border with Mexico are 55 servicemembers on that mission.

    However, there is an important restriction on how the California troops can be deployed. None of the personnel will be allowed to assist federal immigration enforcement, or do much in terms of actual border security.

    …In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Secretary James Mattis, the Democratic governor insisted the deployment would not be to further the Trump administration’s immigration policies. “But let’s by crystal clear on the scope of this mission. This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws,” said Brown in the letter.

    Instead, Brown said the troops would join an existing program to combat transnational drug crime, firearms smuggling and human trafficking. They would join 250 existing California National Guard troops, including 55 who are at the border.

    Brown’s caveat is little more than political posturing. When Bush and Obama requested National Guard Troops to assist Customs and Border Patrol Agents, the National Guard served as support, leaving all enforcement matters to CBP. In doing so, they freed up cumbersome administrative duties, allowing Border Patrol Officers to focus on enforcement.

    President Trump’s goal is to send 4,000 National Guard members to the border. Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas have already made pledges that add up to almost half of the up the target.

    Pentagon just released new details about the types of activities National Guard troops would perform at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    National Guard troops will provide air support through drones and light-, medium- and heavy-lift helicopters, Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Defense Department spokesman, said in a statement to The Washington Post. They will also help maintain roads and other infrastructure, clear vegetation and assist with facility maintenance, in addition to operating surveillance systems, including cameras and blimps, Davis said.

    They will not be arresting migrants or carrying out armed patrols along the border.

    Describing the mission as a support role for the Department of Homeland Security, Davis confirmed that the troops won’t necessarily carry weapons. “National Guard personnel will only be armed for their own self-protection to the extent required by the circumstances of the mission they are performing,” Davis said.


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    redc1c4 | April 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    when you’re in the Army, AD, ARNG or USAR you go where you’re sent, and do what you’re told.

    if you don’t, that’s what the UCMJ is for. Moonbeam has no say in how they are used, once they are called to duty.

    ask me how i know… 😎

      Milhouse in reply to redc1c4. | April 13, 2018 at 4:33 am

      Nope. Since they’re being called up under state law, not federal, they’re under Brown’s command and must do what he says, not what Trump says. Which is just fine with Trump, since he never intended anything else.

        Mac45 in reply to Milhouse. | April 13, 2018 at 12:29 pm

        Not true. If called up under Title 32 section 9, the NG unit is under the control of the federal government and of the Secretary of Defense, not the Governor of the state. This section is rather vague as to whether the NG unit would retain its state law enforcement powers or not, while under federal control. If it does, it has no authority to enforce immigration laws and would be bound by court decisions covering investigative stops for suspected violations of state law. It is possible that every member of each NG unit could be sworn in as CBP agents. This would allow them to enforce federal laws. If they are a federal military unit, then posse comitatus applies.

      buckeyeminuteman in reply to redc1c4. | April 13, 2018 at 9:37 am

      You do go where you’re sent and do what you’re told. But the sending and the telling are either up to the governor or the president. The individual soldier or airman doesn’t see the difference, he does what his NCOs and officers tell him. It’s the colonels and the generals who get the orders from the state or the feds.

    Observer | April 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    “It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life.”

    Yes, they’re all decent, hard-working, law-abiding folks, just escaping violence and looking for a better life. Like DACA “dreamer” Juan Cornelio (age 38) who was recently arrested for raping a 10-year old and putting her in the hospital in Alabama, or DACA “dreamer” Anastacio Lopez-Fabian, who was recently arrested in Oregon for the multiple rapes, assault and harrassment of a girl under age 14, or DACA “dreamer” Gerardo Zamarippa-Castaneda, who recently plowed into and killed a Denver man while driving drunk, then fled the scene.

    Yes, we must allow these wonderful illegal aliens to swarm across our borders, because they’re only seeking a better life here, and if they rape or kill a few (or a few thousand) Americans in the process, not to mention costing American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars every year, what’s the harm, right Moonbeam?

    mrtoad21 | April 12, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Brown needs to tread carefully. A lot of Californians outside the liberal bubble are starting to question Brown’s sanctuary policies up to and including participating in federal cases against the Governor and his Attorney General.

    He had to send something.

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