President Donald Trump needs states’ consent to execute is his plan to secure the border with Mexico with National Guard troops.
While leaders from two of those border states promptly embraced Trump’s proposal on Wednesday, California was less enthusiastic.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen briefed the press on the proposal to deploy the National Guard to the border, which is necessary to prevent “unacceptable levels of illegal drugs, dangerous gang activity, transnational criminal organizations, and illegal immigration” from flowing across the country’s southern border.
Critics in California, Leftists and people who just hate President Trump, say that fears about crime and illegality on the border are largely unfounded. It’s as if they live in some fantasy world and never heard of Kathryn Steinle.
In reality, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agency have identified areas of the border that they believe need protection in very specific ways, state by state, locale by locale.
The President does have the power to “federalize” the National Guard, but it would involve calling them into active military service and is intended for situations like quashing a local insurrection. That is not what the Trump administration is proposing in this case.
California according to media reports, will likely turn down the request and leave the state’s southern border open.