National Guard troops at border so far

California rejects Trump administration plan for National Guard troops on border

But Brown reportedly insisted that California's troops have nothing to do with immigration enforcement.

Ron Vitiello, the acting deputy commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, said Brown had declined the initial roles put forward for Guardsmen.

"The federal government has not yet responded", Keegan said in an emailed statement.

California has rejected the Trump administration's initial plans for National Guard troops at the state's border with Mexico, arguing the work is too closely tied to immigration enforcement.

Also a deputy assistant secretary at the Defense Department, Robert Salesses, claimed California has diminished to commit more than 200 troops to the campaign.

Even with California's Guard mobilization, Trump would have fallen short of his proposed deployment of at least 2,000 troops to the border.

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 has pledged 400 troops to the effort by Trump to send up to 4,000 troops to the border.

Vitiello said the federal government wanted 237 troops for work in two parts of the state that California "has indicated they will not perform", but he emphasized that California may participate in other ways that must still be worked out. Salesses claimed talks with California are more ongoing. We got a signal from California they're interested in improving border security.

Arizona deployed its first 225 National Guard members to the Mexican border on Monday after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to the frontier region to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, though, have embraced Mr. Trump's call.

Brown last week characterized his decision to contribute troops as a welcome infusion of federally-funded support to fight transnational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers.

A Del Rio Border Patrol Sector Border Patrol agent briefs National Guard personnel deployed for Operation Guardian Support. Almost 250 were in Arizona, more than 60 in New Mexico and about 650 in Texas.

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