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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:21 AM

California Gov. Gavin Newsom To Withdraw Hundreds Of National Guard Troops From Border

Source: Huffington Post

California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans Monday to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops from the state’s southern border with Mexico in defiance of the Trump administration’s request for support from border states.

About 100 of the 360 troops will remain deployed under California’s agreement with the federal government to focus specifically on combating transnational crime such as drug and gun smuggling, Newsom spokesman Nathan Click said. Specifically, they will be tasked with providing intelligence on transnational crime and assist with cargo dock operations and searches of commercial trucks for contraband.

Newsom’s move comes on the heels of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, also a Democrat, pulling back her state’s troops from the U.S.-Mexico border. The two state’s former governors agreed to send troops to the border last April at the Trump administration’s request along with Texas and Arizona.

Newsom’s and Grisham’s actions are a fresh, if symbolic, affront to President Donald Trump’s description of an immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border.

Read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-national-guard-withdrawal-mexico-border_us_5c614345e4b0910c63f287b6

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Achilleaze Feb 11 #1
underpants Feb 11 #2
pazzyanne Feb 11 #6
kevink077 Feb 11 #3
IronLionZion Feb 11 #4
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Response to EricMaundry (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:29 AM

1. Why? Because there's no emergency

Despite the steady drumbeat of republican lies.

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Response to EricMaundry (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:29 AM

2. Or as Fox News puts it...

California governor sends message to Trump by yanking troops from border


https://www.foxnews.com/

I was just checking out what's news to them and saw this. The headline changes when you click on the teaser but that's what's on the front page.

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:53 AM

6. Fox News is a world I don't know or understand...

… nor do I want to. People who follow Fox definitely do NOT do their own research on anything, or it would turn their stomachs, too.

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Response to EricMaundry (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:31 AM

3. Brown should have done that

Better late than never I guess.

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Response to EricMaundry (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:55 AM

4. Whatever happened to the caravan coming to rape and murder Americans?

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:31 AM

5. Headed to Trump properties,

they heard there were new openings.

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Response to EricMaundry (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:51 AM

7. decision comes days after another Democrat newly elected to lead a border state, New Mexico Gov. Mic




https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2019/02/10/newsom-removing-national-guard-from-border-in-latest-trump-jab-845802



Newsom removing National Guard from border in latest Trump jab

By JEREMY B. WHITE

02/11/2019 05:01 AM EST


OAKLAND — Gov. Gavin Newsom is halting the California National Guard’s deployment at the U.S.-Mexico border, framing the pivot as the state's latest repudiation of President Donald Trump.

Newsom has been sharply critical of Trump’s immigration policies, noting that the president’s proposed border wall is unpopular in California and assailing Trump’s State of the Union speech for “stoking fear and spreading hatred" by “manufacturing a border crisis.”



Newsom has long held up California as a more rational alternative to Trump’s agenda. During a recent visit to San Diego, Newsom said “we should be celebrating” migrants who seek asylum legally and contrasted California’s efforts to assist them — including a $25 million outlay in his first budget proposal — with what he called Trump’s disingenuous narrative “that somehow these caravans are coming in to create havoc.”

Shortly after his election, Newsom cast doubt on the deployment, telling POLITICO in December that “I can’t see any” point to it. He appeared to have softened his opposition since then, telling reporters during the San Diego trip that the Guard’s work was “relevant in the context of what relates to drugs” and that “conditions on the border are changing.”

But Newsom is citing Trump's recent move to send another 3,750 troops to the border as a reason to redeploy the Guard. He said Guard members will be shifted to helping with wildfire suppression and bolstering drug enforcement.


His decision comes days after another Democrat newly elected to lead a border state, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, said she would pull most of her state’s National Guard personnel from the border in what she called a rejection of Trump's “charade of border fearmongering.”

It also breaks with former Gov. Jerry Brown, Newsom’s predecessor, whose monthslong mobilization of the state’s Guard divided California Democrats given that it came at the request of — and with funding from — a widely loathed Trump administration.

When Brown announced last April that he would deploy some 400 personnel, he explicitly disassociated himself from Trump by saying the Guard would be focused on combating human trafficking, transnational gangs and drug smuggling — not any efforts to “enforce immigration laws or participate in the construction of any new border barrier.”

Those restrictions didn’t satisfy either party. They appeared to infuriate Trump, who complained in a series of tweets that “Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security” and charged that Brown was dispatching personnel to “do nothing.”

A few months into the deployment, as the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance policies were fragmenting migrant families, Democratic state legislators called on Brown to recall Guard personnel or risk being “complicit” in “inhumane, disorganized and immoral” policies.

Now Newsom's decision to halt the deployment seems certain to stoke more animosity between Newsom and Trump.

It follows the president extending an olive branch by saying that Newsom “was very respectful as to my point of view” when the two spoke recently about California’s recovery from a series of devastating wildfires. They met for the first time when Trump traveled to survey fire-scarred parts of the state in November.


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