Vitiello made the comments to reporters in Washington Monday after two USA officials told The Associated Press said terms of the federal government's initial plans for sending National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration.
The officials said the work is too closely tied to immigration enforcement, the AP report said.
'The California National Guard has indicated that they will not perform those missions as we know them to be right now, ' Salesses said, though he noted that conversations were ongoing. Is this really what the great people of California want?
California is at the forefront of what opponents call the "Resistance" to Trump's administration, with the heavily Democratic state suing the federal government over numerous issues, including the rollback of environmental regulations.
"The federal government has not yet responded", Keegan said in an emailed statement. 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. "I do believe that the governor tried to find a way to make sure we address critical needs and concerns that California would have when it comes to protecting our border", said Becerra at a press conference Monday afternoon. "So, at some point that might come together".
But Brown allegedly insisted that California's troops haven't anything todo with immigration authorities. Drawing that line will likely prove hard because the Border Patrol combats illegal immigration but also drug smuggling and other crimes.
Last week, Brown pledged to send 400 troops on the condition the support had nothing to do with immigration enforcement.
The Democratic governor cast his decision as a welcome infusion of support paid for by the US government to fight transnational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers.
The Guard had about 900 troops working on the border mission Monday, a number that changes daily, said Lt. The other border-state governors have openly embraced the Trump administration's plan, pledging combined deployment of about 1,600 Guard members along the southern borders of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The Arizona National Guard said last week that its troops will provide air and ground support. General Daniel R. Hokanson, the National Guard Bureau's vice chief. Texas has seen the biggest deployment, with 650 sent to the border, while Arizona has dispatched 250, and New Mexico about 60.