The Great Smoky Mountain Journal
Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:45 PM
California Gov. Jerry Brown Hints He Won't Send State's Allotment Of National Guard To Border To Fight Illegal Immigration
National Guard members have begun arriving
at the U.S.-Mexico border as requested last week by President Trump, but
California's Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is still mum on whether his
state will participate in the deployment.
California has frequently fought with the Trump administration over illegal immigration, with one San Diego lawmaker saying that it's now a "rogue state."
Meanwhile, the Republican governors of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico on Monday committed 1,600 Guard members to the border, giving the White House many of the troops it requested to fight what Trump has called a "crisis at our southern border."
But Gov. Brown has not announced whether troops from his state's National Guard will participate. Brown's spokesman, Evan Westrup, said only that California officials still are reviewing Trump's troop request.
Even as California officials remain silent, some commentators have said Trump's measure doesn't go far enough.
“Donald Trump said he would control the border," retired Army Col. Douglas MacGregor told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
"It’s time to put the military on the border," MacGregor said. "The National Guard is nice, but the National Guard is not experienced in this. The regular Army is."
Under the federal law Trump invoked in his proclamation calling for National Guard troops, governors who send troops retain command and control over their state's Guard members and the U.S. government picks up the cost.
MOST BORDER-STATE GOVERNORS BACK TRUMP'S NATIONAL GUARD PLAN
Trump said last week he wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members to the border, issuing a proclamation citing "the lawlessness that continues at our southern border."
"We may be in this for the long haul."
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
Gov. Doug Ducey told a group of soldiers preparing to deploy from a
Phoenix military base that their "mission is about providing manpower
and resources" to support agencies on the border and denied that there
was a political motive.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's
office said that more than 80 troops would deploy later this week. They
will be the first of an expected 250 Guard members from New Mexico to
serve on the border.