The war of words and policies between President Trump and California Governor Jerry Brown has escalated in recent weeks. With Trump’s order that the National Guard be placed on the southern border, California has been conflicted. The sanctuary policies of the state are right in the crosshairs of Trump so it was no surprise that Brown initially hedged on this request.
Last week, Brown was silent about the request. NBC reported:
“Brown has personally spoken with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other federal officials, but he hasn’t publicly commented or made a decision. His office has instead referred questions to a spokesman for the California National Guard, which has said it needs more details.
“That’s in contrast to Brown’s sharp response last month when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sued to block three California laws to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally, which Brown called ‘a political stunt.’
“The National Guard says it can’t respond until it has more information, including who would pay for the deployment, how long it would last, and what it is expected to accomplish.”
And just two days ago, Trump openly criticized Brown for his dithering on the issue:
Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous Border. He cannot come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border. The high crime rate will only get higher. Much wanted Wall in San Diego already started!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2018
So it was a bit of a surprise that Brown has decided to comply with the request from Trump. The AP reports:
“California reached an agreement with the federal government that the state’s National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers, Gov. Jerry Brown said. The announcement comes after a week of uncertainty in which President Donald Trump bashed the governor’s insistence that troops avoid immigration-related work.
“Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wrote on Twitter that final details were still being worked out ‘but we are looking forward to the support.’
“Federal officials said Monday that Brown refused to commit California Guard troops to some initial jobs that were similar to assignments in the three other border states — Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — all governed by Republicans. Trump bashed Brown’s position two days in a row, even as the governor said a deal was near.
“’There’s been a little bit of back and forth, as you always get with bureaucrats but I think we can find common understanding here,’” Brown said Tuesday in Washington. “There’s enough problems at the border and the interface between our countries that California will have plenty to do — and we’re willing to do it.”
Hopefully, this is the beginning of better security on the southern border.