California Gov. Jerry Brown gladly accepted federal funding to mobilize the National Guard for use at the border. Except Brown said the Guard wouldn’t be used for purposes of enforcing immigration laws. How do Brown and the progressives who run California define duties that help enforce immigration laws? Well, pretty much anything:
California has rejected the federal government’s initial plans for National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press.
The state informed federal officials it will not allow its troops to fix and repair vehicles, operate remotely-controlled surveillance cameras to report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol, operate radios and provide “mission support,” which can include clerical work, buying gas and handling payroll, according to officials with knowledge of the talks who spoke condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
California Gov. Jerry Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from President Donald Trump last week after he pledged 400 troops to the Guard’s third large-scale border mission since 2006.
The governor’s commitment allowed Trump to boast support from all four border-state governors and helped put the president above the lower end of his threshold of marshaling 2,000 to 4,000 troops that he wants as a border security mission to fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
The feds need to take back the money they sent to California for Guard deployment, with interest, and arrest some of the state’s lawless sanctuary city cheerleading politicians while they’re at it.