APNewsBreak: California rejects border duties for troops

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Last week Brown tried to place conditions on the military's use of California National Guard members and said his support would only be allowed if California's troops have nothing to do with immigration enforcement. DHS and our federal partners are committed to working with the Governor to mobilize the California National Guard to assist DHS' frontline personnel in our vital missions.

Brown's announcement last week did not address what specific jobs the California Guard would and would not do, nor answer the thorny question of how state officials would distinguish work related to immigration from other duties.

Tyler Houlton said in a tweet that the California governor shares an interest on securing the border with Mexico. Jerry Brown to mobilize the state's National Guard in its border mission.

State and federal officials sent conflicting messages.

California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan said on Monday that the state was still waiting for a formal response from the Trump Administration on the governor's proposed ban on federal troops' immigration work.

The state of California has rejected the terms of the Trump administration's initial request to deploy National Guard troops along the border with Mexico, U.S. military officials and the head of the Border Patrol said Monday, the latest sign of persistent tension with the White House over immigration enforcement.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration and Robert Salesses said that the Department of Defense was supporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and CBP.

Brown has been the only holdout among border state governors, as Texas, New Mexico and Arizona - all led by Republicans - moved quickly to send personnel.

Salesses, the Pentagon official, said the Border Patrol had asked California to send 237 troops to the agency's San Diego and El Centro sectors, but state officials panned the request.

"The federal government has not yet responded", Keegan said in an emailed statement. Jerry Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from President Donald Trump last week after he pledged 400 troops to the Guard's third large-scale border mission since 2006.

Vitiello emphasized that California may participate in other ways that must still be worked out. General Daniel R. Hokanson, the National Guard Bureau's vice chief.

"Under the federal law Trump invoked in his proclamation calling for National Guard troops, governors who send troops retain command and control over their state's Guard members and the US government picks up the cost", Military Times reported. The other border-state governors have all embraced Trump's plans, with Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas pledging nearly half of the up to 4,000 troops Trump requested.

He mentioned adding capacity in CBP air and marine operations besides what the Guard would bring in aviation support.

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