The Latest: California sees agreement near on border troops
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s mission to deploy National Guard troops on the Mexican border to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking (all times local):
California Gov. Jerry Brown says he is “pretty close” to an agreement with the Trump administration on sending National Guard troops to the Mexican border.
Brown said told reporters in Washington that his troops were “chomping at the bit ready to go” to help combat drug and gun smuggling and human trafficking.
His comments came a day after federal officials said California rejected some proposed duties for the Guard. On Tuesday, Trump criticized said Brown’s actions, saying they will worsen crime in California.
Last week, Brown pledged 400 troops but conditioned support on them having nothing to do with immigration enforcement.
President Donald Trump is criticizing the California governor for rejecting proposed border duties for the National Guard.
The Trump administration said Monday that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown rejected terms of the guard’s initial deployment to the Mexican border; a state official said nothing was decided.
Trump wants thousands of guard troops to help with immigration enforcement until his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall is built.
The Republican president claimed Tuesday that crime in California will worsen because of Brown’s actions.
Trump tweeted: “Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous Border. He cannot come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border. The high crime rate will only get higher. Much wanted Wall in San Diego already started!”