Jerry Brown Supports Letting National Guard Stop Drug Smugglers, Not Illegal Aliens

By Melanie Arter | April 17, 2018 | 5:03 PM EDT

California Gov. Jerry Brown ( Arter)

( - California Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he and President Donald Trump have come to terms on an agreement for the state to provide National Guard troops to efforts to protect the U.S. border, despite the Trump’s tweet to the contrary.

However, Brown said there’s a difference between fighting crime by stopping drug smugglers, human traffickers, and gun runners and stopping illegals trying to cross the border.


“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!” Trump tweeted.

When asked about the status of the agreement to send National Guard troops from California to the Mexican border, Brown said, “Is trying to stop drug smuggling, human trafficking, and gun going to Mexico to the cartels, that sounds to me like trying fighting crime. Trying to catch some desperate mothers and children or unaccompanied minors coming from central America, that sounds like something else.

“So we want to be cooperative. I appreciate the president’s tweet when he thanked me,” Brown said. “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. There’s enough problems at the border and interface between our countries that California will have plenty to do, and we’re willing to do it.”

When asked if the governor can come to some agreement with the president on the issue, Brown said, “I think we’ve already come to terms as far as I understand it. We haven’t gotten written confirmation, but our National Guard general’s been in touch with the National Guard people … and from his perspective, he knows what permission is. He’s ready to go.”


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