APNewsBreak: California rejects border duties for troops

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Jerry Brown rejected terms of the National Guard's initial deployment to the Mexican border, but a state official said nothing was decided.

California has rejected a preliminary federal plan for the state's National Guard troops deployed to the border because it entails too much support for immigration enforcement, according to US officials.

California's Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has repeatedly come from President Trump's political crosshairs, obtained rare compliments against your president a week after which he agreed to setting up four hundred troops at the National Guard's big border mission as 2006.

But the Democratic Brown conditioned his support by insisting that California's troops have nothing to do with immigration enforcement.

"The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable, but we will have other iterations", Ronald Vitiello, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, told reporters in Washington.

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The Brown administration said Monday it's waiting for the federal government to sign the Memorandum of Agreement that California submitted last week. 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.

A National Guard troop watches over Rio Grande River on the border in Roma, Texas on Wednesday.

The Defense Department said Monday the Trump and Brown administrations have not yet reached agreement on the terms of the California National Guard's deployment - and that negotiations continue. Nor has California explained what criteria it would use to distinguish between immigration-related tasks and tracking transnational gangs, human traffickers and drug smugglers.

Trump this month said he would send thousands of National Guard troops to the southern border, where they could remain until a border wall is constructed.

Talks between USA 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 US officials said. That's because California guardsmen are to be sent not only to the border but to the Pacific coast and interior locations "throughout the state", Brown said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. General Daniel R. Hokanson, the National Guard Bureau's vice chief.

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