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California governor to withdraw National Guard from border

AFP  |  Los Angeles 

- In a rebuke to Donald Trump, the of is set to sign an order to pull most of the troops deployed on the border.

Gavin Newsom's office Monday said he was signing the order ahead of his State of the State speech on Tuesday.

"The border 'emergency' is a manufactured crisis," according to excerpts of the speech sent to AFP by his office.

"And will not be part of this political theater."

Newsom's office said most of the 360 troops deployed at the US-border will be redeployed to focus on "the actual threats" facing the western state, such as wildfires.

The decision follows similar action last month by New Michelle Lujan Grusham, who ordered the withdrawal of the majority of troops at the border.

Although has ordered thousands of military personnel to be deployed on the southern border, the remain under the command of authorities in each state.

argues the troops, who are supposed to provide surveillance and assist border agents, are needed to fight illegal immigration. The troops cannot act to enforce the law or to make arrests.

Newsom's predecessor, Jerry Brown, also a Democrat, last April approved the deployment of National Guard troops but vowed they would not take part in any mission to build Trump's long-sought border wall or to enforce federal immigration laws.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 03:20 IST