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California rejects initial National Guard border plan

AFP  |  Washington 

has rejected the Trump administration's initial proposals for a mission along the state's border with Mexico, a top US said today.

Brown last week had said he would accept federal funding from to boost his state's

But the has quibbled over their role and insisted they only focus on cross-border crime rather than detaining unauthorised migrants coming into the state that is home to several "sanctuary cities." Ron Vitiello, the of and Border Protection, said Brown had declined the initial roles put

"The has determined that what we have asked for so far is unsupportable," Vitiello told reporters.

"We've made this refined request, it's gone through the process and then we've got a signal from the governor that he is not participating." said the initial request envisioned sending 237 Guardsmen to two main crossing areas in Southern California, where they would have conducted maintenance, clerical assistance and helped with heavy equipment operations, among other tasks.

"The has indicated that they will not perform those missions as we know them to be right now," Salesses said, though he noted that conversations were ongoing.

Vitiello, too, suggested that the state's Guard might ultimately be used in other roles, including possibly cargo inspection.

"We will have other iterations," Vitiello said.

Trump this month said he would send thousands of National Guard troops to the southern border, where they could remain until a border wall is constructed.

The order would eventually see about 4,000 Guardsman along the border, which spans four US states.

So far about 960 have arrived, officials said. has seen the biggest deployment, with 650 sent to the border, while has dispatched 250, and about 60.

Vitiello said Guardsmen would most likely not be armed, but individual states might allow the carrying of a weapon in certain missions.

is at the forefront of what opponents call the "Resistance" to Trump's administration, with the heavily Democratic state suing the over numerous issues, including the rollback of environmental regulations.

Several cities including are "sanctuary cities" that require local law enforcement agencies not to tell federal agents about residents' legal status.

US Jeff Sessions has sued the state over three statutes that support cities and counties that refuse to hand over unauthorised immigrants to federal immigration authorities for prosecution or expulsion.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 06:45 IST