USA says California rejecting proposed border duties for troops

USA says California rejecting proposed border duties for troops

Trump has frequently clashed with Brown over the state's "sanctuary" policies limiting the participation of state and local police in federal immigration enforcement. "The federal government has not yet responded", Keegan said in a statement sent to reporters.

California rejected President Trump's plans to send National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement, two USA officials told The Associated Press.

Talks between the US and California officials about the duties California troops would perform, according to the Associated Press, soured over the weekend after California officials told the Trump administration they would not participate in vehicle maintenance and other initial jobs across the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Lawmakers declined to provide Trump the $25 billion his administration is seeking to build hundreds of miles of barriers at the border, and the president this month said the National Guard deployment could be needed until a wall - his signature campaign promise - was in place. The state informed federal officials that its troops will not be allowed to fix vehicles, operate remote surveillance equipment, operate radios, or provide other "mission support" to border agents.

Mr. Brown faced severe criticism at home after he said last week he would be willing to offer some 400 National Guard troops to President Trump's border surge, under strict conditions. According to one USA official, the California Guard has suggested assigning about 40 troops to marijuana eradication across the state. Salesses claimed talks with California are more ongoing.

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"We are anticipating additional requirements, and we got a signal from California that they are interested in improving border security", Vitiello said.

Members of the Arizona National Guard listen to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on April 9, 2018 at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix, Arizona.

Brown was clear last week that California troops will help go after drugs, guns and criminal gangs, but not immigrants. The other border-state governors - all Republicans - have openly embraced Trump's plans.

A Del Rio Border Patrol Sector Border Patrol agent briefs National Guard personnel deployed for Operation Guardian Support.

The Guard had about 900 troops working on the border mission Monday, a number that changes daily, said Lt. Almost 250 were in Arizona, more than 60 in New Mexico and about 650 in Texas.

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