President Trump is not pleased by the way California is dealing with enforcing the federal immigration laws.
Migrants have been flooding the state, and Trump has now decided to deploy thousands of National Guard troops along the Mexican border due to illegal immigration and crime. On Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said that over 200 members of the state’s National Guard are heading to the U.S.-Mexico border in support of President Trump’s fight against drug trafficking and illegal immigration.
Troops are all being deployed to answer a call from our President for the fight against the “lawlessness that continues at our southern border.” Many National Guard troops have already been sent along the Mexican border. Trump’s goal is to send up to 4,000 troops to supplement Border Patrol efforts. Trump has recently signed a memorandum to order Homeland Security and the Pentagon to create a plan to tighten up security measures around the Mexican border, and one step is to increase the use of National Guard troops.
Reported by ijr:
California Gov. Jerry Brown said that while his state would accept federal money for national guard troops to combat transnational crime, those troops would not enforce federal immigration law or help build a southern border wall:
California responds👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/8HCXoGXc87
— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) April 11, 2018
In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Secretary James Mattis, Brown said he was willing to help fight crime but added, “Let’s be crystal clear on the scope of this mission.”
The letter argued that California wasn’t facing a “massive wave of migrants” and notified the administration that the state’s National Guard wouldn’t enforce federal immigration law.
“It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life,” Brown said. “And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws.”
Brown’s letter came as thousands of National Guard members deployed to the Mexican border.
Last week, President Donald Trump ordered the Defense and Homeland Security departments to use National Guard troops in order to halt illegal border crossings and drug trafficking.
Trump has continually harped on border security and the need for congressional action:
Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW! The Democrats stand in our way – they want people to pour into our country unchecked….CRIME! We will be taking strong action today.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018
In a video posted on Monday, Trump blasted a California sanctuary law for allowing the state to release criminal immigrants from jail:
The Democrats are not doing what’s right for our country. I will not rest until we have secured our borders and restored the rule of law! pic.twitter.com/zKGgPlaadS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2018
“Every citizen has the right to be protected by federal law, and when politicians in California break those laws, they violate the constitutional rights of their citizens,” Trump said.