"I think it is political theatre", Gavin said Monday in Sacramento as he formally announced his decision, while blasting Trump's deployment of National Guard troops along the U.S. -Mexico border. "If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!" What Trump seems to have forgotten, however, is that individual states along the border have the right to pull troops if they so desire.
Now, two of the four states which share the Southern Border with Mexico are doing just that.
California has repeatedly styled itself as the flagship resistance state to the Trump administration's policies.
The move comes shortly after New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) ordered her state to withdraw state National Guard troops from the border as well.
"The Border "emergency" is a manufactured crisis," Newsom's speech says.
The Times quoted excerpts from Newsom's State of the State address, which he will give on Tuesday, to illustrate Newsom's hostility to President Trump.
Newsom's general order Monday will assign 110 personnel to support the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in preparing for wildfire season.
But the National Guard has been aiding federal efforts along the border by handling duties that otherwise would have had to be performed by US troops and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, including vehicle maintenance, administrative support and operating cameras on the border.
100 troops for intelligence operations targeting drug cartels.
She said that some troops would remain stationed in Hidalgo County and surrounding southwestern New Mexico counties in order to help with the ongoing humanitarian needs of communities there, which, her office, had seen large groups of families, women and children, crossing the border in recent months. "A quarter of a century later, we're more united than ever, and we're not going back".