Newsom pulls most National Guard troops from California border

California Gov. Gavin Newsom to pull National Guard from border with Mexico

California National Guard troops, part of Task Force Sierra in 2010, deployed at the border along with Border Patrol Agents in San Diego. Gov. Jerry Brown in September extended the state National Guard’s participation in President Trump’s border deployment by six months. (John Gibbins / Associated Press)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday plans to order the withdrawal of most of the 360 National Guard members from the Mexico border. In released excerpts from the State of the State address he is to deliver on Tuesday,

Newsom says he is giving the National Guard troops new missions so they can “refocus on the real threats facing our state,” instead of participating in the Trump administration’s “political theater” on the border.

Newsom will redeploy National Guard troops to support wildfire prevention but leave specialists to help fight drug smuggling through international points of entry.

“The Border ’emergency’ is a manufactured crisis,” Newsom will say Tuesday.

Last week, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham pulled most of her state’s troops from the border.

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