California has agreed to deploy 400 National Guard troops at Trump's request

12 April, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Edward Snyder
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Brown said in the letter that the California Guard members may be deployed at the border, the coast and elsewhere statewide.

The Governor made sure to add these conditions, "But let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission". "This will not be a mission to build a new wall".

Seeking refuge from persecution and violence in search of a peaceful life "is not a crime", the bishops added.

Brown and other leaders in California have repeatedly fought Trump over immigration policy.

The Trump administration wants 4,000 troops along the U.S.

California's deployment will happen pending review and approval by the federal government.

Not all 400 troops will head to the US-Mexico border and none will arrest or deport immigrants.

The Mexico-US border is nearly 1200 miles and goes through deserts, jungles, and ravines.

"Access to the actual river, to the border, is hard for us".

On Saturday, five planners from the National Guard arrived in the Laredo border patrol sector, where they heard requests and operational input from Burwell and his staff.

Officials say the 20-mile (32-kilometer) stretch in a sprawling desert separating the US from Mexico will be at least 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall. "We did a data call saying what we needed".

Given the restrictions, it's unclear if the Guard units will play a significant role in Trump administration efforts to lock down the border.

"It is a good thing", Spader said.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing agents, said Guard units could help by freeing agents to do more patrolling to search for smugglers. "More eyes in the sky for us, more help on the ground, more behind-the-scenes type stuff is a really big deal for us". President George W. Bush sent 6,000 in 2006.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, ordered 250 National Guard soldiers deployed to the border within 72 hours, and said additional troops would be called up to join them as soon as next week.

The Mexican bishops' conference criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S. -Mexico border and issued a strong defense of migrants, saying the Catholic Church could not stand by "in the face of suffering by our brother migrants as they seek better conditions by crossing the border to work and contribute to the common good".



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