California Governor Jerry Brown finally agreed to President Trump’s demand to deploy the National Guard to the United States’ southern border this week, but added severe restrictions on soldiers’ interactions with border agents and illegal immigrants.
The liberal governor issued a statement Wednesday; caving to Trump’s demands to send his troops to the region but barring the Guard from cooperating on the ‘border wall’ and security sweeps.
“The Governor’s order, issued today, specifies that the California National Guard will not enforce immigration laws or participate in the construction of any new border barrier,” said a statement released by Brown. “The location of Guard personnel – and number specifically working in support of operations within the state, along the coast and at the U.S.-Mexico border – will continue to be dictated by the needs on the ground.”
“California National Guard service members shall not engage in any direct law enforcement role nor enforce immigration laws, arrest people for immigration law violations, guard people taken into custody for alleged immigration violations, or support immigration law enforcement activities,” it added. “California National Guard service members shall not participate in the construction of any new border barrier,”