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National Guard troops at border so far

National Guard troops at border so far

According to two U.S. officials, the initial jobs for those troops include fixing and maintaining vehicles, using remote-control surveillance cameras to report suspicious activity to U.S. Border Patrol agents, operating radios and providing "mission support", which can include clerical work, buying gas and handling payrolls.

Mr. Brown faced severe criticism at home after he said last week he would be willing to offer some 400 National Guard troops to President Trump's border surge, under strict conditions.

A National Guard troop watches over Rio Grande River on the border in Roma, Texas on Wednesday.

The additional staffing would allow the Guard to support statewide law enforcement operations, Brown said but emphasized the guardsmen would not detain border jumpers or other illegal aliens. Nor has California explained what criteria it would use to distinguish between immigration-related tasks and tracking transnational gangs, human traffickers and drug smugglers.

The Brown administration said Monday it's waiting for the federal government to sign the Memorandum of Agreement that California submitted last week.

Evan Westrup, a spokesman for the governor, did not immediately answer detailed question about California's rejection of specific guard duties.




The Trump administration intends to send up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the Mexico border. "At some point that might come together", said Ronald D. Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, which oversees both the Border Patrol and the ports of entry.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration Robert G. Salesses says there is no estimate for the operation's cost, which is funded by the US government.

Vitiello, too, suggested that the state's Guard might ultimately be used in other roles, including possibly cargo inspection.

The order would eventually see about 4,000 Guardsman along the border, which spans four USA states. About 900 Guard troops have deployed so far, a National Guard commander said Monday: 650 in Texas, 250 in Arizona and 60 in New Mexico.

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

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sued the state over three statutes that support cities and counties that refuse to hand over unauthorized immigrants to federal immigration authorities for prosecution or expulsion.