California Governor Agrees to Deploy Additional Troops at the Border

California Governor Jerry Brown announced on Wednesday that he was agreeing to deploy 400 National Guard Troops at the request of President Donald Trump. Although at first take, many Trump supporters may cheer this announcement as a referendum to honor Trump's border protection requests, Brown was quick to point out that this troop deployment is not to be used for immigration enforcement. Despite Brown's clarity on the matter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used her platform at the daily press briefing to express the administration's appreciation of Brown and his staff to assist with border security by sending the additional troops.

In his letter declaring the state's intention, Brown was extremely clear that the troop deployment was to be used for the purpose of controlling illegal activity at the border. He went on to clarify that these troops are not being sent with the intention of building a new border wall, nor are they to be used for detaining people seeking a better life. Brown summed up his position by reiterating that the California National Guard is not there to enforce federal immigration laws. This letter of intent was addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Last week the spotlight was once again on the issue of immigration following Trump's announcement to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members to the California-Mexico border in an attempt to curb illegal immigration. By Tuesday the ramp-up of troops was already becoming obvious to those in the area. Trump and his administration have repeatedly stated that the border is experiencing an increasing wave of immigrants being detained. However, Governor Brown's Wednesday letter also refuted these numbers, stating that the state is in fact not seeing a massive influx of immigrants, going on to say that the number of people apprehended is actually at the lowest it has been in 50 years.


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