California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom decided to pull the state’s National Guard from the border with Mexico and reassign them to other tasks.
Newsom’s decision is based on his views that a border crisis does not exist.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Newsom’s withdrawal order comes one day before he delivers his first State of the State address at 11 a.m. Tuesday. According to excerpts of the speech released by his office, the governor will say that “the border ‘emergency’ is a manufactured crisis. And California will not be part of this political theater.
“Which is why I have given the National Guard a new mission. They will refocus on the real threats facing our state.”
Under the new order Newsom intends to sign, 110 Guard troops now at the border will be redeployed to help the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection with fire prevention efforts, and 100 troops will conduct antidrug trafficking intelligence operations, including screening cargo at points of entry.
Former California Governor Jerry Brown sent troops to the border in response to a request made by President Trump.
Newsom is following the decision by New Mexico’s Democrat Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham who pulled most of the state’s National Guard from the southern border.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Newsom is the second governor this month to pull National Guard troops assigned to the southern border.
Last week, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the removal of most her state’s troops just hours before the president’s address, saying she rejected “the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border.”
“New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops,” she said.
Lujan Grisham also ordered National Guard troops that were deployed in her state to return home.
The governor’s press release stated:
Gov. Lujan Grisham, in withdrawing most of New Mexico’s deployed troops, also directed that the troops from Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Wisconsin return to their home states immediately. There were 118 total National Guard troops deployed in New Mexico.
The Democrat governors are siding with Congressional Democrats in playing down the crisis at the border.
Video evidence provided by U.S. Border Patrol and Protection shows the large number of migrants entering the U.S. illegally.
Democrats are putting politics before the safety and security of Americans.