Last week President Trump tweeted that he is sending additional U.S. military to the Southern Border, saying, “Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border. We have sent additional military. We will build a Human Wall if necessary. If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!”
This was in response to the fact that little progress is being made between Democrats and Republicans on the Hill, in terms of reaching an agreement that would help fund Trump’s border wall. What Trump seems to have forgotten, however, is that individual states along the border have the right to pull troops if they so desire.
Now, two of the four states which share the Southern Border with Mexico are doing just that.
Last week, Lujan Grisham, the Governor of New Mexico ordered the National Guard to withdraw deployment from her state, saying “I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the Southern border.”
This week, it appears as though the second state, California, will do the same. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that California Governor Gavin Newsom will withdraw the majority of National Guard troops along the border in his state, instead opting to have them prepared to fight wildfires and drug trafficking.
“This is our answer to the White House: No more division, xenophobia or nativism,” Newsom plans to say in his State of the State speech that he will deliver on Tuesday morning.