Governor Gavin Newsom is set to withdraw several hundred troops from the U.S. -Mexico border on Monday.
According to Newsom's office, only 100 of the 360 National Guard troops now stationed at the border will remain there. Without California and New Mexico's forces, only just over 1,700 troops would be left in Texas and Arizona.
100 troops for intelligence operations targeting drug cartels.
The move comes despite his predecessor's agreement - along with other past and current border state governors - to send troops to the border at the Trump administration's request.
Governor Gavin Newsom's office said he was signing the order ahead of his State of the State speech on Tuesday.
As a result, the governor would reassign about 360 California National Guard troops at the border to address the "real threats" faced by the state, including drug trafficking and wildfires, the spokesperson said in an email. Under Newsom's order, a small group of forces trained in spotting narcotics would be stationed at California's global points of entry.
I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border, along which are some of the safest communities in the country.
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"The border "emergency" is a manufactured crisis," Newsom plans to say.
Grisham, a Democrat, called Trump's frequent declarations of an immigration crisis at the border a "charade".
The president has threatened to invoke emergency powers to fund construction of a wall at the U.S. -Mexico border, a key promise of his 2016 campaign.
Jerry Brown had yielded to Trump's request to send 400 National Guard troops to the border. And we have the largest percentage of immigrants in our state. When Brown, a fellow Democrat, approved the mission in April, he said no California troops would participate in immigration-related activities.
"This will not be a mission to build a new wall", Brown wrote at the time in a letter to Trump administration officials.
Newsom's decision to rollback Brown's troop deployment at the border does not come as a surprise. "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws". Every president since Ronald Reagan has called on the National Guard for limited, temporary missions along the frontier. Grisham publicly rebuked the Trump administration's immigration policies when she announced the withdrawal, something Newsom also appears primed to do. "However, there is a gray area", Baldwin said.