California Gov. Jerry Brown finally agreed to send National Guard troops to the southern border. He didn’t submit gracefully, however. He complained about President Trump’s sense of urgency and insisted that his troops will not be carrying out immigration missions.
“California Governor Jerry Brown is doing the right thing and sending the National Guard to the Border. Thank you, Jerry, good move for the safety of our Country!” Trump tweeted, ignoring the ill-will apparent in Brown’s message.
Brown’s reluctance to support the president’s mission isn’t surprising. He waited a few days after Trump put forth the call asking for the governors’ support. The four border states have now committed to sending nearly 2,000 troops to the border.
Gov. Brown’s caution was unnecessary. Defense Secretary James Mattis already admitted that the troops wouldn’t be tasked with immigration enforcement and would only be used in an advisory role.
“We’re also glad to see California Gov. Jerry Brown work with the administration and send members of the National Guard to help secure the southern border,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.
A lot of liberal groups are angry that Brown capitulated. Fringe leftists don’t want the border to be secured.
“If he’s in disagreement with Donald Trump about the justifications for having the National Guard on the border, then why would he accept it?” Pedro Rios, the director for the American Friends Service Committee’s U.S.-Mexico southern border program, said.
There are about 55 California National Guard troops already stationed along the border, participating in a mission targeting the illegal drug trade.
“I am confident Governor Brown will not use our National Guard to harass or tear apart immigrant families in California,” State Sen. Kevin de Leon said in a statement.
De Leon crafted the legislation that turned California into a sanctuary state.
(Source: NBC News)