California Deploys National Guard Troops — But Not To Stop Immigration

Gov. Jerry Brown says he'll deploy about 400 troops to work on tasks unrelated to stopping immigration.
Posted at 6:57 PM, Apr 11, 2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, but not for the reason President Donald Trump has requested. 

Brown says he'll deploy about 400 troops. But not all of them will go to the border, and none will be "enforcing federal immigration laws." Instead, they'll join 250 other National Guard troops tasked with combating drug crimes, gun smuggling and human trafficking.

Brown said in a letter: "This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. ... Here are the facts: there is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California."

Trump said last week he wanted 2,000-4,000 National Guard troops deployed to the border.