California Governor Jerry Brown can’t seem to make up his mind. First, he agreed to send 400 personnel to join the National Guard in border security; now he’s backing out, claiming he doesn’t like the itinerary because there’s too much immigration control. The Trump Administration announced the governor’s decision Monday.
“The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable, but we will have other iterations,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s acting deputy commissioner Ronald Vitiello said.
Brown wants to protect his state from illegal drugs and other crimes – as long as he’s not helping to keep out illegal immigrants. So, what does he expect California’s troops to do while “protecting” the border, look the other way when someone is crossing illegally?
Fox News reported:
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. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan, a spokesperson for the California National Guard, said that “state officials have not rejected anything.”
Vitiello explained that Brown rejected the idea because he did not want the California National Guard to perform the same duties as troops from the other states: Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Once again, arrogant Jerry Brown thinks the world should revolve around him. Yet his cities and counties are speaking up and fighting back.
Several cities in the Golden State are considering opting out of supporting SB 54, the law that made California a sanctuary state in January. Most argue it’s not about racism, as so many in favor of SB 54 suggest, and it’s not even about illegal immigration. It’s about keeping as many criminal aliens out as possible and deporting the rest. The law restricts local and state law enforcement from aiding the federal government in immigration control. It even forbids prison personnel from informing ICE when an illegal immigrant is released.
This map, courtesy of Fox News, shows the cities and counties fighting SB 54. Take a close look and you’ll realize it’s a lot of southern cities close to the California-Mexico border. These are the areas most infected with illegals and the crime they bring. It makes sense these officials would be in favor of border control. Brown, on the other hand, is several hours and hundreds of miles away from the border. He’s not up close and personal, as are many of his constituents.
President Donald Trump’s aim for the National Guard was to have between 2,000 and 4,000 troops. Right now, there are about 900. There are approximately 650 in Texas, 250 in Arizona, and 60 in New Mexico. California’s 400 promised soldiers would have brought the president closer to the lower end of his goal.
California remains without the additional National Guard while Brown sits on his thumbs and waits for everyone to bow down to him. It’s obvious his actions are not for the good of California, but a pompous show of stubbornness as he childishly demands more power. Thankfully, the man is soon on is way out. Let’s just hope his replacement has a lot more sense.