We began talking about this on the radio show as soon as President Trump announced his intention to deploy the National Guard to the border. The Governors of the affected states had to agree. We knew that the leaders in Arizona and Texas will agree with the President...but California???
Now we know.
Governor Jerry Brown agreed to deploy 400 National Guard troops at President Donald Trump's request to the border. However, they are NOT for immigration enforcement.
Brown said he will accept federal funding to add approximately 400 Guard members statewide. However, the governor said the additional troops will "supplement the staffing of its ongoing program to combat transnational crime."
"But let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission. This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws." Brown said.
SO...it sounds like the state will take the federal money but NOT do what the feds want. I anticipate a funding fight between Washington and California. That said, Governor Brown needs to be willing to walk away from the funds when the President refuses to release them unless federal immigration laws will be enforced.