California’s new Governor Gavin Newsom is poised to pull most of the National Guard troops deployed at our southern border, claiming the crisis is “manufactured,” the Daily Mail is reporting:
Several hundred National Guard troops will be withdrawn from the Californian border with Mexico, Governor Gavin Newsom’s office announced today.
The plans laid out by the Democrat governor is in defiance of the Trump administration’s request for support from border states.
Newsom also plans to declare that the so-called US border emergency is a ‘manufactured crisis, and California will not be part of this political theater,’ in his State of the State address tomorrow, according to excerpts released by his office.
About 100 of the 360 troops will remain deployed under California’s agreement with the federal government to focus specifically on combating transnational crime such as drug and gun smuggling, Newsom spokesman Nathan Click said.
Specifically, they will be tasked with providing intelligence on transnational crime and assist with cargo dock operations and searches of commercial trucks for contraband.
Newsom’s move comes on the heels of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, also a Democrat, pulling back her state’s troops from the U.S.-Mexico border.