US says California rejects proposed border duties for troops

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He then clarified that the California National Guard had indicated that it would not perform certain missions that the Border Patrol requested, as they "know them to be right now".

Governor Brown has stated publicly that he shares our interest in securing our southern border.

Republican governors from the three other border states - Arizona, New Mexico and Texas - have openly embraced the Trump administration's plans and specific tasks for guard members sent to the border with Mexico. Brown to mobilize the state's National Guard in its border mission. He will send 400 troops to assist with stopping drug and human trafficking, but they will not cooperate with detaining illegal immigrants, Brown informed the White House last week.

Brown's commitment allowed Trump to boast support from all four border-state governors and helped put the president above the lower end of his threshold of marshaling 2,000 to 4,000 troops that he wants as a border security mission to fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Whether they carry firearms is up to each state's governor.

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Talks between US and California officials about the duties the California troops would perform soured Friday and over the weekend after state authorities told federal officials that they would not participate in vehicle maintenance and the other jobs outlined for an initial phase across the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, the USA officials said.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Recruitment Robert G. Salesses claimed officials needed 237 for service in two aspects of California together "a set of mission responsibility there which California National Guard has signaled they will not work".

Vitiello said Guardsmen would most likely not be armed, but individual states might allow the carrying of a weapon in certain missions.

"We are in continuing dialogue, discussion with the California National Guard and we'll work closely with Chief Vitiello to see if there's other kinds of responses willing to accept - California would accept..." said Salesses.

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Nearly immediately, former Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) sent a letter to Governor Brown urging him to ignore President Trump's request.

"The location of Guard personnel - and number specifically working in support of operations along the border, the coast and elsewhere in the state - will be dictated by the needs on the ground", a spokesperson for Brown's office told TheDCNF in a Wednesday email. An update to that report introduced a statement from Lt. Colonel Tom Keegan that "the federal government has not yet responded and added that the next step is for the federal government to respond by signing the Memorandum of Agreement". However, President Trump could cut the California National Guard's federal funding-or end its federal recognition, meaning California guard members could no longer be part of the US military, as Capitol Public Radio reported.

Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ronald D. Vitiello says troops that work at border crossings will perform cargo inspections that are not viewable by the general public.

'The governor has determined that what we have asked for so far is unsupportable, ' Vitiello told reporters.

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Nearly 250 troops from Arizona, 60 from New Mexico and 650 from Texas have deployed - all volunteers, Hokanson said.

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