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California Gov. Newsom Removing National Guard From Border

California Gov. Newsom Removing National Guard From Border

It gives Trump an excuse to declare a national emergency.

California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom has decided to remove hundreds of National Guard troops from the border. The National Guard has until the end of March to finish the removal.

Newsom just gave President Donald Trump an excuse to invoke the National Emergencies Act. From Fox News:

Newsom’s plan will require the National Guard to immediately begin withdrawing troops but still give it until the end of March to do so. According to excerpts from his Tuesday State of the State address, he will call the “border emergency” a “manufactured crisis,” and will say that “California will not be part of this political theater.”

Newsom’s order will require around 110 National Guard troops to help the state prepare for its next wildfire season while another 100 members will be deployed to focus specifically on combating transnational crime, according to excerpts from his speech. A spokesman for Newsom said his office will separately request federal funds for the expansion of the state’s counterdrug task force program, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Over 2,000 National Guard troops are on the border along with 2,300 active-duty troops. Trump wants to send 3,750 more troops to the border “to help install wire barriers and monitor border crossings.” From The Sacramento Bee:

In his State of the Union speech earlier this month, Trump blamed illegal immigration for straining the country’s economy and resources. Trump also said it has increased crime, despite evidence that immigrants commit crime at lower rates than native-born Americans.

The Pentagon last week announced that it would send 3,750 troops to the border in coming months, where they are expected to install 150 miles of concertina wire and aid Customs and Border Protection, according to the Pentagon.

“The lawless state of our southern border is a threat to the safety, security, and financial well being of all Americans,” Trump said. “We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens.”

The decision comes days ahead of another possible government shutdown over border wall funding. Trump has threatened numerous times he will declare a national emergency if he doesn’t receive the money to build a wall.

It also comes a week after New Mexico Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham chose to remove the majority of the state’s troops from the border. Like Newson, she doesn’t believe Trump’s declaration that there is a national security crisis at the border.


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Decisions made solely on the basis of emotion. Who does this?


I keep wondering if the proper solution is to build walls and send Nat Guard where they are welcome. Let those bordering land owners and state governors prove there is no emergency or no harm in having people swarm through their open borders.

I’m starting to wonder if Dems are on the Cartel’s payroll.

LOL at the sacramento bee.

Illegal aliens squatting here is a federal crime in and of itself. Their crime rate is 100% and any violent crime or fraud (for social benefits) is just added heinous insult to injury.

Go ahead, it was planned for….

Go ahead, it was planned for….

How does Trump manage to get the Dems to react in just the way he needs to be so successful?

In times past, and in true national emergencies (like the runup to WW II, the President could and did federalize the National Guard.

    I suspect that will be part of the declaration.

    tom_swift in reply to Comanche Voter. | February 11, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    in true national emergencies . . . the President could and did federalize the National Guard.

    Until he does, state forces really don’t have much business being involved in national border control. The national borders are a federal responsibility, and should be controlled by federal policy and federal forces.

      txvet2 in reply to tom_swift. | February 11, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      Same thing applies to state law enforcement, but somebody has to do it. We not only have Texas NG troops on the border, we have a significant DPS and Ranger presence.

        CDR D in reply to txvet2. | February 11, 2019 at 6:04 pm

        I think the US Constitution guarantees the States protection against invasion. If the US breaks that compact, the States have every right to look to their own security.

I don’t call them commiecrats for nothing !
They used to be DEMONrats, but they have PROGRESSED !

I surly hope he does federalize the National Guard, I’m hoping they don’t disobey


And in withdrawing the Guard to secure border integrity, Newsom is taking affirmative action to violate Americans’ civil rights.

The National Guard is, as the name implies, a federal force, not a state force. In normal times federal law delegates command to the state governors, since they generally have more use for it than the president does; but whenever the president decides he needs a unit he can take command. For instance NG units are routinely sent overseas when needed.

    daniel_ream in reply to Milhouse. | February 11, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you for the clarification. As an interested observer, I sometimes get lost in the details of the intersection between the US federal and state jurisdictions.

    CDR D in reply to Milhouse. | February 11, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Well, that’s not quite right. It is in fact both a state and federal force, and the members take a dual oath. Of course the Federal part is superior, and NG personnel may be called for overseas duty. See Perpich v. DOD, 496 US 334 (1990) for an extensive treatment of the issue.

      Milhouse in reply to CDR D. | February 12, 2019 at 2:36 am

      Indeed. Thank you for that reference. From the syllabus:

      Since 1933, federal law has provided that persons enlisting in a state National Guard unit simultaneously enlist in the National Guard of the United States, a part of the Army. The enlistees retain their status as state Guard members unless and until ordered to active federal duty, and revert to state status upon being relieved from federal service.

      When there is no national emergency state governors have the power to raise certain very limited objections to such orders; the case was about a challenge to those limits, and it was rejected by a unanimous court. In a declared national emergency they lose that power altogether. Another reason for Trump to declare an emergency over the border crisis.

California – the toxic poop state. How long before the typhus, cholera and other epidemics make CA off limits to tourism?

The beaches already have issues

Time to give USNORTHCOM a mission

As a California resident, I suggest that all illegals captured by ICE and the border patrol be sent to that wonderful liberal state of Hawaii. They really deserve it more than we do, and since my kids and grandkids live in California, I would appreciate them not sending them here. Oh, PDJT, tear down that wall on the CA border and put it where people want it.

Subotai Bahadur | February 11, 2019 at 5:40 pm

1) Federalize the California Guard.
2) If Newsome refuses to let them serve, California is in a state of insurrection.
3) Base the reaction on Sherman’s march to the sea.

Subotai Bahadur

    The NG would be in violation of the oath they take. Do not expect them to defy the President. Assuming a callup is not frivolous and capricious, they could just flip Newsome the jake.

Trump blamed illegal immigration for straining the country’s economy and resources. Trump also said it has increased crime, despite evidence that immigrants commit crime at lower rates than native-born Americans.

The nonstop lying is getting depressing. Here (as usual), SacBee conflates “immigrants” and “illegals” to pretend that the President is fantasizing. Immigrants—the legal ones, who do things the official and legal way—are no more likely to be criminals than am I. And I’m a very uninteresting person so far as law enforcement is concerned. The typical American is far more criminally inclined. And the typical “undocumented immigrant” is already engaged in crime without even doing anything more ambitious than sneaking in, and maybe buying a fake SS number.

Pure, distilled, relentless deception. A.k.a. “fake news”.

buckeyeminuteman | February 11, 2019 at 8:03 pm

I don’t know what status those National Guard on are, it if it’s Title 10 active duty, they don’t belong to Newsom anymore. They’re Trumps. If they’re Title 32 or state active duty, I guess it’s the governor’s prerogative. Still all a political stunt either way.

As for sending the military to lay concertina wire—quit dilly dicking around. Send in the engineers; the Seabees, RED HORSE and combat engineers. Start building the damn wall and dare Pelosi to come down and physically stop them.

The Dems phrase the issue that there is no crisis AT the border…. but it is a crisis OF the border. It’s what happens after crossing it that is the problem.

Thank you, Mr. Ex-Kimberly Guilfoyle, for triggering the National Emergency Act. Why don’t you go on vacation for the rest of the year? You’re less dangerous that way.

    CDR D in reply to Sally MJ. | February 12, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I have to wonder what kind of dirt Kimberly might have on that asshole. I hope she’s holding somrthing out for the right moment.