New­som to with­draw troops from bor­der

The Washington Post - - NEWS -

Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Gavin New­som (D) plans Mon­day to with­draw sev­eral hun­dred Na­tional Guard troops from the state’s south­ern bor­der with Mex­ico in de­fi­ance of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­quest for sup­port from bor­der states.

About 100 of the 360 troops will re­main de­ployed un­der Cal­i­for­nia’s agree­ment with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to fo­cus on com­bat­ing transna­tional crime such as drug and gun smug­gling, New­som spokesman Nathan Click said. They will be tasked with pro­vid­ing in­tel­li­gence on transna­tional crime and as­sist with cargo dock op­er­a­tions and searches of com­mer­cial trucks for con­tra­band.

New­som’s move comes on the heels of New Mex­ico Gov. Michelle Lu­jan Gr­isham, also a Demo­crat, pulling back her state’s troops from the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der. For­mer gov­er­nors of the states agreed to send troops to the bor­der in April at the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­quest.

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