Trump attacks California governor over bid to limit National Guard border policy

Trump attacks California governor over bid to limit National Guard border policy
Donald Trump is continuing his war of words with Jerry Brown over the California governor’s unwillingness to use the National Guard for immigration enforcement, condemning the sanctuary state as “crime infested.”

The president took to Twitter Wednesday to claim that a “revolution” is taking place in the state with many areas wanting to break from California’s sanctuary state law which bars officials from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement. In his tweet, Trump labelled the law a “ridiculous, crime infested and breeding concept.”

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San Diego County, California’s second most populous municipality, voted Tuesday to support the Trump administration and join the US Department of Justice's legal challenge to the law.

Last month Orange County pushed back against the law. While last week, the city council of Los Alamitos, a small city in Orange County, gave final approval to exempt itself from the legislation. Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar claimed at least 13 other municipalities in the state are considering similar measures.

California was declared a sanctuary state in October last year. The legislation prohibits law enforcement officers from enforcing federal immigration laws that target people based on their race or ethnic origin.

Trump’s latest tweet comes on the back of another post Tuesday which accused Brown of failing to provide security along the border. The Democratic governor initially approved 400 National Guard troops for Trump’s deployment plan, winning short-lived praise from the president. It was later revealed that a number of conditions were attached to the plan, among them that guardsmen would not be allowed assist with monitoring surveillance cameras, performing maintenance or transporting US border agents.

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The Trump administration has asked states deploy as many as 4,000 National Guard troops to assist with a crackdown on illegal crossings.The governors of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, all Republicans, have all committed to cooperating with the plan.

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