California Gov. agrees to deploy National Guard troops, but with a twist

Jerry Brown (D) on Wednesday accepted federal funding to add National Guard troops to his state while blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpHeitkamp says Trump asked her to switch parties Trump to meet with GOP leaders at White House on Wednesday: report Ex-acting deputy AG Boente was asked to interview with Mueller: report MORE over his immigration policies.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights responded to Brown's announcement and said they agree that the National Guard "will not be used as an extension of President Trump's deportation machine".

Brown cast his decision as a welcome infusion of federal support to fight transnational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers. "It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life", Brown, a Democrat, wrote in a letter to the Trump administration. Brown noted in his letter that "immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they've been in almost 50 years".

Mattis signed a memo on Friday that authorized the federal government to fund up to 4,000 National Guard troops for the border mission through September. Customs and Border Protection report, there was a 37-percent increase overall in March, when compared to February and a 203 percent increase compared to March of previous year.

Brown did not specify how numerous new troops would be sent to the border, where California already has 55 guardsmen. And for days, leaders there had been tight-lipped about whether they would deploy National Guard troops. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said that some of the troops going to the Texas border will be armed.

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Brown's letter came as thousands of National Guard members deployed to the Mexican border.

State leaders in California have made no secret of their opposition to numerous Trump administration's moves on immigration.

Governor Brown tweeted out what he calls "California's Response" on Wednesday afternoon.

He said most of the southwest border sectors will receive National Guard support. But Brown noted in his letter that the state now has 250 personnel across the state, 55 of whom are stationed at the border, as a part of its program to combat transnational crime. Texas, New Mexico and Arizona have thus far pledged a combined deployment of 1,588 Guard members, 700 of which have already arrived on the border.

The state's guardsmen provided "targeted assistance" in 2006 under then-President George W. Bush and in 2010 under President Obama.

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