SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Governor Jerry Brown says California has reached an agreement with the Trump administration on a National Guard border mission, according to the Associated Press.
The agreement is to deploy 400 California National Guard troops to the border and elsewhere in the state. Wednesday, Brown announced that the troops will begin to deploy by the end of April.
The federal government has agreed to fund the mission that will focus on drug and gun crime, not immigration, Brown’s office said.
Brown agreed to send troops on the mission last week but said troops wouldn’t be used to enforce immigration laws.
The move sparked a back-and-forth between California and the federal government about how the state’s guard would fit into the overall mission.
The president tweeted Tuesday: “Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous Border. He cannot come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border. The high crime rate will only get higher. Much wanted Wall in San Diego already started!”
During a press briefing Tuesday morning, Brown said, “I’m trying to deal with a human crisis. We have people being deported whose children don't even have any parents. businesses and communities being disrupted.”