California governor, a frequent Trump critic, agrees to limited National Guard role at Mexico border


California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), the only border state governor who had not yet committed troops to President Trump’s National Guard deployment, said Wednesday that he will accept federal funding for 400 personnel — though they would be barred from working on wall construction.

National Guard troops fall under the command of state governors, and in a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Brown said those from California will support operations against drug traffickers, gun runners and smuggling gangs.

“Combating these criminal threats are priorities for all Americans — Republicans and Democrats,” Brown wrote.

“But let’s be crystal clear on the scope of this mission,” his letter continued. “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.”

President Trump last week ordered a military mobilization along the border with Mexico, accusing Democrats of encouraging illegal immigration and failing to protect the country from a flood of illegal migrants. The president said he wants as many as 4,000 troops deployed, saying they will remain there until a border wall is complete.

Neither the White House nor the Pentagon has provided an estimate for much the military mobilization will cost.

The governors of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona — all Republicans — applauded Trump’s move, and quickly began dispatching troops to the border region. Several hundred have arrived so far, and Texas plans to have 1,000 in place within a few weeks.

Brown was the holdout, and his letter pushed back at administration officials’ claims that the United States faces a crisis at the border.

“Here are the facts: there is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California,” Brown wrote. “Overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they’ve been in nearly 50 years (and 85 percent of the apprehensions occurred outside of California).”

Brown was referring to annual arrests by U.S. agents at the southwest border, which dropped to their lowest level last year since 1971.

Trump has taken credit for that decline, but in March the number of arrests at the Mexico border jumped to more than 50,000, the single-highest one-month total since the president took office.

The increase was driven by an 800 percent increase in unaccompanied minors and a 680 percent surge in families crossing illegally, DHS Secretary Nielsen told lawmakers Wednesday.

“Glad to have all four border governors working with us and the @USNationalGuard to secure the border,” Nielsen wrote on Twitter after Brown’s announcement. “Partnership [with] governors is vital to our nation’s success.”

Those groups of migrants typically turn themselves into U.S. border agents to request asylum protections, citing threats from criminal gangs. The vast majority are from the hyperviolent Northern Triangle of Central America: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Those are the groups of migrants, Brown told Mattis and Nielsen, he does not want Guard troops in California taking into custody.

The Penatagon has said National Guard troops will not perform a law enforcement role, and will be armed only for the purpose of self-defense. As they have in the past, military personnel will fly transport aircraft and surveillance drones, monitor security camera footage and clear vegetation, officials have said.

The White House has also asked the military to identify bases and other facilities that could be used to detain migrants. In 2014, the Obama administration set up temporary shelters for children and families at three military bases when they could no longer cope with a rush of asylum seekers.

State government officials in California said Brown’s proposed agreement on the troop deployment had been submitted to the federal government for approval.

Paul Sonne contributed to this report.

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Jerry Brown (D), the only border state governor who had not yet committed troops to President Trump’s National Guard deployment, said Wednesday that he will accept federal funding for 400 personnel — though they would be barred from working on wall construction.</p> <p>National Guard troops fall under the command of state governors, and in a <a href=”https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/4.11.18-Letter-and-Agreement.pdf” shape=”rect” title=”www.gov.ca.gov”>letter </a>to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Brown said those from California will support operations against drug traffickers, gun runners and smuggling gangs. </p> <p>“Combating these criminal threats are priorities for all Americans — Republicans and Democrats,” Brown wrote. </p> <p>“But let’s be crystal clear on the scope of this mission,” his letter continued. “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.”</p> <p>President Trump last week ordered a military mobilization along the border with Mexico, accusing Democrats of encouraging illegal immigration and failing to protect the country from a flood of illegal migrants. The president said he wants as many as 4,000 troops deployed, saying they will <a href=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/troops-sent-by-trump-to-border-will-fly-drones-gather-intel–and-clear-brush-too/2018/04/09/8f608250-3c08-11e8-a7d1-e4efec6389f0_story.html?utm_term=.e6ab28d7f9d8″ shape=”rect” title=”www.washingtonpost.com”>remain there</a> until a border wall is complete. </p><div class=”inline-content inline-photo-left” style=”width:300px;”> <a name=”a8a7fcac095934d82ebfc2ff932fbf631c7d8ea4″></a> <img alt=”” class=”unprocessed” data-hi-res-src=”https://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1024w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2018/04/11/National-Security/Images/Trump_Border_65865-f1869.jpg?uuid=Mw65Dj3KEeiXT6rNl2mM7w” data-low-res-src=”https://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_480w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2018/04/11/National-Security/Images/Trump_Border_65865-f1869.jpg?uuid=Mw65Dj3KEeiXT6rNl2mM7w” data-raw-src=”https://img.washingtonpost.com/rw/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2018/04/11/National-Security/Images/Trump_Border_65865-f1869.jpg?uuid=Mw65Dj3KEeiXT6rNl2mM7w” src=”https://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_480w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2018/04/11/National-Security/Images/Trump_Border_65865-f1869.jpg?uuid=Mw65Dj3KEeiXT6rNl2mM7w”/> <span class=”pb-caption”>Members of the California National Guard work next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence in 2006 near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. (Denis Poroy/AP)</span> </div> <p>Neither the White House nor the Pentagon has provided an estimate for much the military mobilization will cost.</p> <p channel=”wp.com” class=”interstitial-link”> <i>[<a href=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/troops-sent-by-trump-to-border-will-fly-drones-gather-intel–and-clear-brush-too/2018/04/09/8f608250-3c08-11e8-a7d1-e4efec6389f0_story.html?utm_term=.e6ab28d7f9d8″ shape=”rect” title=”www.washingtonpost.com”>Troops sent by Trump will fly drones, gather intel — and clear brush too</a>]</i> </p> <p>The governors of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona — all Republicans — applauded Trump’s move, and quickly began dispatching troops to the border region. Several hundred <a href=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/troops-sent-by-trump-to-border-will-fly-drones-gather-intel–and-clear-brush-too/2018/04/09/8f608250-3c08-11e8-a7d1-e4efec6389f0_story.html?utm_term=.7851f6ca304a” shape=”rect” title=”www.washingtonpost.com”>have arrived so far</a>, and Texas plans to have 1,000 in place within a few weeks.</p> <p>Brown was the holdout, and his letter pushed back at administration officials’ claims that the United States faces a crisis at the border. </p> <p>“Here are the facts: there is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California,” Brown wrote. “Overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they’ve been in nearly 50 years (and 85 percent of the apprehensions occurred outside of California).”</p> <p>Brown was referring to annual arrests by U.S. agents at the southwest border, which dropped to their lowest level last year since 1971.</p> <p>Trump has taken credit for that decline, but in March the number of arrests at the Mexico border <a href=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/homeland-security-says-surge-in-illegal-border-crossings-is-a-crisis-warrants-military-deployment/2018/04/05/de4a496c-3903-11e8-b57c-9445cc4dfa5e_story.html?utm_term=.988d6b931503″ shape=”rect” title=”www.washingtonpost.com”>jumped to more than 50,000</a>, the single-highest one-month total since the president took office. </p><div></div> <p channel=”wp.com” class=”interstitial-link”> <i>[<a href=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/homeland-security-says-surge-in-illegal-border-crossings-is-a-crisis-warrants-military-deployment/2018/04/05/de4a496c-3903-11e8-b57c-9445cc4dfa5e_story.html?utm_term=.988d6b931503″ shape=”rect” title=”www.washingtonpost.com”>Homeland Security says surge in illegal border crossings is a ‘crisis,’ warrants military deployment</a>]</i> </p> <p>The increase was driven by an 800 percent increase in unaccompanied minors and a 680 percent surge in families crossing illegally, DHS Secretary Nielsen <a href=”https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4723007/fiscal-year-2019-homeland-security-budget-request” shape=”rect” title=”www.c-span.org”>told</a> lawmakers Wednesday. </p> <p>“Glad to have all four border governors working with us and the @USNationalGuard to secure the border,” Nielsen <a href=”https://twitter.com/SecNielsen/status/984166808826466304″ shape=”rect” title=”twitter.com”>wrote on Twitter</a> after Brown’s announcement. “Partnership [with] governors is vital to our nation’s success.”</p> <p>Those groups of migrants typically turn themselves into U.S. border agents to request asylum protections, citing threats from criminal gangs. 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