Newly elected California Governor Gavin Newsom plans to back his political beliefs with actions, according to NBC News, who reports that Newsom will order that National Guard troops at the border pull back from what he called a “manufactured crisis” by the Trump administration
Currently, there are 360 National Guard troops in California that will be redeployed to fight wildfires and expand the Drug Task Force, according to NBC.
Newsom’s predecessor, former California Governor Jerry Brown who, like Newsom is a Democrat, agreed to the deployment of National Guard troops in 2018, but stated that they would not be used to enforce immigration laws.
“The border ’emergency’ is a manufactured crisis,” Newsom will say in his State of the State address on Tuesday, according to prepared marks NBC reported. “And California will not be part of this political theater.
“Which is why I have given the National Guard a new mission,” he continued. “They will refocus on the real threats facing our state.”
Newsom’s response comes almost a year after President Donald Trump authorized up to 4,000 national guard troops to be deployed to the United States-Mexico border in April of 2018 in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California.
Should California follow through with their threat to recall the guardsmen, there will still be 1,145 guard troops in Texas and 580 in Arizona still deployed to the border.
“The National Guard troops at the border are in addition to over 5,500 active duty troops deployed to the same areas,” NBC reported. “Neither active duty nor National Guard troops are permitted to apprehend immigrants, but are intended to support Customs and Border Protection by reinforcing existing barriers and providing medical aid.”
California’s portion of the border is just across from Tijuana and a tent village that is home to thousands of migrants from Central America that hope to enter the United States.