Newsom to withdraw troops from border
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.