Jerry Brown is rejecting the troops' assignment from the federal government.
Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan said Monday afternoon that "state officials have not rejected anything since the Governor responded to the federal government last Wednesday with the proposed 'Memorandum of Agreement between the State of California and The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security'". The state informed federal officials that its troops will not be allowed to fix vehicles, operate remote surveillance equipment, operate radios, or provide other "mission support" to border agents.
The Associated Press reports that California instructed officials it would not permit its troops operate radios and mend vehicles, run surveillance cameras that are remotely managed to document suspicious actions, to mend or present & ldquo;mission aid.
Ron Vitiello, the acting deputy commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, said Brown had declined the initial roles put forward for Guardsmen.More news: Bryce Harper smacks a broken bat home run vs. Mets
Members of the Arizona National Guard listen to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on April 9, 2018 at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jerry Brown that California is willing to deploy its National Guard to the border - and elsewhere in the state - to combat transnational crime, the Trump administration said Monday the terms of California's deployment are still under negotiation.
'The California National Guard has indicated that they will not perform those missions as we know them to be right now, ' Salesses said, though he noted that conversations were ongoing. "So, at some point that might come together". Nor has California explained what criteria it would use to distinguish between immigration-related tasks and tracking transnational gangs, human traffickers and drug smugglers. Drawing that line will likely prove hard because the Border Patrol combats illegal immigration but also drug smuggling and other crimes. The additional staffing would allow the Guard to support statewide law enforcement operations, Brown said but emphasized the guardsmen would not detain border jumpers or other illegal aliens.
Republican governors from Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have openly embraced the Trump administration's plans and specific jobs for their troops, as California did in previous Guard deployments. Almost 250 were in Arizona, more than 60 in New Mexico and about 650 in Texas.