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California governor agrees to send National Guard troops to US-Mexico border

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US of California, Jerry Brown, said on Wednesday that the western state will send about 400 troops to the border with to combat transnational crime, but not for enforcing laws.

At the request of the Trump administration, "the National Guard will accept federal funding to add approximately 400 Guard members statewide to supplement the staffing of its ongoing programme to combat transnational crime," quoted Brown as saying in a letter to and

The programme is currently staffed by 250 personnel statewide, including 55 at the border.

The Guard will support operations targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers along the border, according to Brown.

But the also said "let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission."

"This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking better life," Brown said, noting that the National Guard will not be enforcing federal laws.

Trump said last week that he wants to send between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guard members to the southern border of the country.

The Republican Governors of three southwestern border states of Arizona, New Mexico, and have pledged to send 1,600 Guard members to the US-border.

As the only southwestern border state led by a Democratic Governor, California is engaged in an all-out war over enforcement with the

The state is suing in a bid to stop construction of the border wall.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 07:54 IST