California Governor Jerry Brown agreed to deploy additional 400 National Guard troops statewide to fight transnational crime.
The governor’s decision is in response to the request of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen and Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary James Mattis.
In a letter to DHS Sec. Nielsen and DoD Sec. Mattis, Gov. Brown wrote that the “California National Guard will accept federal funding to add approximately 400 Guard members statewide to supplement the staffing of its ongoing program to combat transnational crime.”
According to the governor, the California National Guard’s program against transnational crime has 250 personnel including 55 at the border.
California National Guard will not enforce federal immigration laws
Additionally, Gov. Brown said the new funding will allow California National Guard to do what it does best. The troops will support operations targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers, and illegal firearm and drug smugglers across the state.