California Governor Gavin Newsom Withdraws National Guard From the Border

“This border emergency is a manufactured crisis,” Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom declared. “California will not be part of this political theater.”

Newsom was giving his inaugural State of the State address on February 11 when he announced his decision to withdraw California’s National Guard troops from the southern border. While National Guard personnel are paid with federal funds, they’re controlled by the state.

“The answer to the White House is no more division and no more xenophobia,” Newsom proclaimed in direct defiance of the Trump administration’s request for help from border states. The governor announced that he was removing the majority of the roughly 360 state troops at the U.S.-Mexico border, while leaving 100 of the personnel who are working to fight drug crime.

Newsom’s announcement follows a similar decision by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, also a Democrat. On February 6, Lujan Grisham condemned a “charade of border fear-mongering” by Trump, as she ordered the withdrawal of the majority of troops stationed at her state’s border.

“I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the Southern border,” Lujan Grisham said, adding “some of the safest communities in the country” are to be found at the border.

And these are not the only governors to cancel planned deployments of their state’s National Guard to the border.

In June, 2018, NPR reported that at least five governors, including two Republicans, had decided against sending their National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border because of the Trump administration’s inhumane practice of ripping immigrant children away from their parents.

One of them was Maryland’s Republican Governor Larry Hogan, who tweeted, “Until this policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded, Maryland will not deploy any National Guard resources to the border.”

Another was New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who also announced his refusal to send National Guard troops to the border in light of the federal government’s cruel treatment of immigrant families.

There is no emergency at the border, except the one created by Trump’s cruel policy of family separation. In his speech, Newsom pointed out that border crossings are the lowest we’ve seen since 1971 and that numerous studies show that native-born citizens commit more crimes than immigrants.

But the border wall is already happening.

As I wrote earlier this year, the National Butterfly Center — home to more than 200 butterfly species –near the Rio Grande River in Mission, Texas, is in danger of being destroyed. Funds were allocated for the project months ago, but the private nature preserve is fighting back and currently seeking a restraining order against the federal government.

The irony is that so many people who live near the southern border not only don’t want a wall, but also enjoy the back-and-forth between the U.S. and Mexico. And, since 2006, the federal government has already built nearly 700 miles of wall and fencing in places where the terrain is not a natural barrier. In addition, 16,000 Border Patrol agents work across nine sections of the border.

And yet the White House has indicated that even though Trump will sign the bill to prevent another government shutdown, he will also declare a national emergency.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was quick to respond: “I think declaring a national emergency where there is no national emergency is not good for the president to do and not good precedent for future presidents.”

House speaker Nancy Pelosi had sharper words on the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were murdered. “You want to talk about a national emergency – let’s talk about today. That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President?”

At least it’s heartening to know that Governor Gavin Newsom, Governor Lujan Grisham and several other governors –  both Democrats and Republicans — are willing to call out Trump on his lies.

Photo Credit: rey perezoso/Flickr

55 comments

Chad A
Chad A9 days ago

Thank you.

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Freya H
Freya H28 days ago

For Edward V.: "There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. Observe the ass, for instance: his character is about perfect, he is the choicest spirit among all the humbler animals, yet see what ridicule has brought him to. Instead of feeling complimented when we are called an ass, we are left in doubt." - Mark Twain

And that is the REAL reason the donkey is the symbol of the Democratic Party.

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Dr. Jan Hill
Dr. Jan Hill29 days ago

thanks

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Jennifer H
Jennifer H29 days ago

The only national emergency that we have is that Rump is in position to create them.

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Daniel N
Past Member about a month ago

Thank you for sharing

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Bearaabout a month ago

Well if you have a secure border you don't need the national guard to look at it. They can do other useful things.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Bearaabout a month ago

th

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Janis K
Janis Kabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Elaine W
Elaine Wabout a month ago

Good for him.

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Danuta W
Danuta Wabout a month ago

thank you for posting

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