Jerry Brown agrees to Help at the Border, but Not Really

On Wednesday, the governor of California Jerry Brown, has announced the state will add approximately 400 National Guard members to an already existing program designed to fight against transnational crime.  Brown made it very clear that this does not mean the state will start enforcing federal immigration laws.

Brown said the 400 additional members would be added to 250 members in the program already. He said there are 55 members at the southern border right now, but he did not say how many out of the additional 400 members would be sent down there.

Brown’s announcement has come long after President Trump requested between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guard members sent to the southern border. Brown was the last governor to respond to the request.

Trump signed a proclamation to mobilize the National Guard members to defend against the unacceptable flow of drugs and illegal immigration across the border.

Brown sent a letter to the Trump administration where made it very that the National Guard would not participate in the building of the wall and enforcing immigration laws. Brown did however, state that federal money would the National Guard fight transnational crime, drug smuggling, firearm smuggling and human trafficking. He also stated that California is not experiencing a “massive wave of immigrants pouring in”.

In Brown’s letter he wrote “But let’s be 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.”

Governors from New Mexico, Arizona and Texas already volunteered approximately 1,600 National Guard members to the border.

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