In an interview with NBC 7, California National Guard Lt. Col. Tom Keegan, said, “State officials have not rejected anything since the governor responded to the federal government last Wednesday. He added, “The federal government has not yet responded. The next step is for the federal government to respond by signing the Memorandum of Agreement.”
On Wednesday, Gov. Brown agreed to deploy additional 400 National Guard troops statewide. The governor’s decision was in response to the request of DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Sec. James Mattis.
Gov. Brown made it clear that the California National Guard troops will help combat transnational crime. They will not enforce federal immigration laws.
Pres. Donald Trump praised Gov. Brown’s decision. He tweeted that the California governor did the right thing for the safety of the United States.
California Governor Jerry Brown is doing the right thing and sending the National Guard to the Border. Thank you Jerry, good move for the safety of our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018