Ad­min­is­tra­tion: Calif. re­jects bor­der du­ties

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FROM THE FRONT PAGE -

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion said Mon­day Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Jerry Brown re­jected terms of the Na­tional Guard’s ini­tial de­ploy­ment to the Mex­i­can bor­der, but a state of­fi­cial said noth­ing was de­cided.

“The gover­nor de­ter­mined that what we asked for is un­sup­port­able, but we will have other it­er­a­tions,” Ron­ald Vi­tiello, U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion’s act­ing deputy com­mis­sioner, told re­porters in Wash­ing­ton.

Brown elicited rare and ef­fu­sive praise from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump last week for pledg­ing 400 troops to the Guard’s third large-scale bor­der mis­sion since 2006.

But the Demo­cratic gover­nor con­di­tioned his com­mit­ment on troops hav­ing noth­ing to do with im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment, even in a sup­port­ing role.

Brown’s an­nounce­ment last week did not ad­dress what spe­cific jobs the Cal­i­for­nia Guard would and would not do and how state of­fi­cials would dis­tin­guish work re­lated to im­mi­gra­tion from other as­pects of bor­der en­force­ment, such as fight­ing crim­i­nal gangs and drug and gun smug­gling.

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