The GOP governors of three out of the four states bordering Mexico have communicated that they are on board with President Trump’s efforts to mobilize National Guard troops to bring more security against illegal immigration. The one hold out is California’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown. He said his state is still waiting for further details.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has been coordinating with the states over the deployment of troops, declined to say what would happen if Brown declined.
“We’ll be speaking with the governor again today,” Nielsen told Fox News on Thursday. “[Brown] has supported … use in support of the border in the past. I’d like to have further conversations with him before I jump ahead of him in how he would like to secure his border.”
The other state governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have all said they welcomed using the troops to secure the border after Trump signed the order on Wednesday.
But California , which has pushed back against Trump’s immigration policies, is taking a much slower approach to the plan.
“This request — as with others we’ve received from the Department of Homeland Security, including those for additional staffing in 2006 and 2010 — will be promptly reviewed to determine how best we can assist our federal partners,” California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Keegan said in a statement. He added that he is speaking on behalf of the Brown administration. “We look forward to more detail, including funding, duration and end state.”
Customs and Border Protection made a case for increased enforcement by releasing figures on Thursday that shows illegal crossings increased 203 percent from March 2017 to March of 2018. The number increased 37 percent from February to March, which was the largest month-to-month increase since 2011.
Texas used the National Guard in 2014 to crack down on immigrants crossing the border, but California governor Jerry Brown refused. He suggested instead that the state build more shelters to house the “young refugees.”
On Thursday, Trump began congratulating himself, as well as the government of Mexico, because the “caravan” of migrants from Central America was being halted.
“The Caravan is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene at our Border ,” Trump tweeted. “Because of the Trump Administrations actions, Border crossings are at a still UNACCEPTABLE 46 year low. Stop drugs! ”
Leaders of the organization behind the caravan, “People Without Borders,” said the procession would end in Mexico City rather than try to reach the border.
“It’s not because of Donald Trump,” Irineo Mujica, director of the advocacy group, said on Wednesday.
Trump has been criticizing the caravan since Sunday after “Fox and Friends” highlighted the march in a segment. The president also pressured Mexico to use its immigration laws to end the stream of migrants by threatening to “stop their cash flow” by undoing the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is under negotiation.
Trump took a swing at Democrats for not doing enough to shore up security along the border and urged Congress to fund building a wall.
What do you think about his plan to use the National Guard? Do you think California will agree?
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