Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans Monday to withdraw several hundred Na­tion­al Guard troops from the state’s south­ern border with Mex­ico in de­fi­ance of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s request for support from border states.

About 100 of the 360 troops will remain deployed under California’s agreement with the federal gov­ern­ment to focus specifically on com­bat­ing transnational crime such as drug and gun smuggling, New­som spokesman Nathan Click said. Spe­cif­ically, they will be tasked with providing intelligence on trans­na­tional crime and assist with cargo dock operations and sear­ches of commercial trucks for con­tra­band.

Newsom’s move comes on the heels of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, also a Democrat, pull­ing back her state’s troops from the U.S.-Mexico border. The two state’s former gov­ernors agreed to send troops to the bor­der last April at the Trump ad­min­is­tration’s re­quest along with Texas and Arizona.

Newsom’s and Grisham’s actions are a fresh, if sym­bol­ic, affront to Pres­ident Donald Trump’s de­scrip­tion of an immigration crisis on the na­tion’s southern border.

“The border ‘emergency’ is a man­u­factured crisis, and California will not be part of this political theater,” New­som plans to say in his Tues­day State of the State address, ac­cord­ing to excerpts released by his office.

Newsom will reassign roughly 110 troops to beef up California’s fire preparation efforts ahead of the next wildfire season and expand the guard’s counterdrug task force pro­gram.

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