Governor Jerry Brown:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent in ____________, California. I’m calling to ask Governor Brown to refuse President Trump's demand that National Guard troops from California be deployed to our border with Mexico. Trump's desire to militarize the border has nothing to do with reality, at a time when border crossings actually have dropped. They are an ideological boondoggle, designed to placate his far-right base. California, and its National Guard, should have nothing to do with it! Thank you!
Trump announced on Tuesday his plans to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border, supposedly to fend off a (phantom) influx of immigrants. However, such deployments cannot happen without consent from the governors who control their states' Guard forces. While the governors of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona have agreed to participate, California governor Jerry Brown has not yet done so -- resulting in a conversation between Brown and Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Thursday.
State Sen. Kevin de León has called publicly for Brown to reject Trump's demands. “Despite Mr. Trump’s rantings, there is no evidence of imminent influx of asylum seekers here in California or elsewhere,” he said. “In fact, border crossings have plummeted in the last decade and are at the lowest level since 1971.” A report issued this month by U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the number of migrant families detained at the border was down 32 percent last year, while detentions of unaccompanied children were down 24 percent.