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CA, NM Pull National Guard Troops From Border – Do You Support the Withdrawal?

Do you support withdrawing National Guard troops from the border?

by Countable | Updated on 2.11.19

What’s the story?

  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is pulling most of the 360 National Guard troops sent to the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • "The border 'emergency' is a manufactured crisis," Newsom will say during his State of the State address Tuesday morning, according to advance excerpts. "And California will not be part of this political theater."
  • A week earlier, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) ordered the withdrawal of the majority of that state’s troops.
  • In April 2018, President Donald Trump authorized up to 4,000 National Guard troops to be deployed in the border states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Following the above withdrawals, 1,145 National Guard troops will remain in Texas and 580 in Arizona.

What are both sides saying?

  • Patricia Gándara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, told the L.A. Times that history has taught Californians that immigrants are not a national emergency.
“I think we grew up and we realized that immigrants were not a threat,” Gándara said. “We’re the fifth-largest economy in the world. And we have the largest percentage of immigrants in our state. How do you reconcile that if you think immigrants are taking our jobs and bringing down the economy?”
  • California’s former governor, Jerry Brown, had agreed to add 400 troops to aid in border-related security at the request of Trump. The president later blasted Brown for placing limits on what the troops could do.
“Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous Border,” Trump tweeted. “He cannot come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border. The high crime rate will only get higher.”

What do you think?

Do you support National Guard troops at the border? Should states respect the president’s order? Or should they be pulled? Take action and tell your reps then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / nelsonarts)

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  • Mike
    Voted Support
    02/11/2019
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    They should have never been sent it the first place. It was a sham “emergency” created by Trump to try to get his base out to vote (that didn’t work out to well). These states should bill Trump all of the money they spent to send their guard members to the border under trumps false pretenses.

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  • Baron
    02/11/2019
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    They never should have been sent. Another stupid and costly idea from from an inexperienced narrow minded fool.

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  • Sandra.
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    02/11/2019
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    This poll is really close considering this is a left leaning site and not many conservatives even know about it. Need troups at the borders until we get a wall in place.

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  • John
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    02/11/2019
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    I am totally disgusted with all this bogus border stuff. It’s an absolute fact that more crime comes in from Canada and Mexico. I am tired of hearing twisted facts and lies come out of the presidents mouth. The only absolute truth about Trump is that he’s an absolute liar. In fact his lying is so outrageous that you would have to be a complete Idiot to believe any of it.

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  • Ronald
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    Support Our President's efforts to secure Our Border. Congress has failed our nation. President Trump is left to clean up a mess decades in the making. Fully Fund, and Build Our Wall. Until Our wall is complete, support any, and all Presidential efforts to secure Our Border.

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  • Bryan
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    National Guard falls under command of the governor. It's his choice, not POTUS for the use of NG, unless I am forgetting more obscure regulations. However, the border needs to be secured. I don't know if a wall is the best way, I want to see subject matter experts testify on how they best think to secure it.

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  • J. scott
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    Absolutely I support the withdrawal of all troops from our borders as this should never have happened in the first place. It’s time for Congress to confront Trump on his imaginary Emergency and wall that unnecessary and unwanted. Stop acting as if what this President is doing here is normal normal or makes any sense whatsoever. The king has no clothes here except in the GOP Congress.

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  • OlderNWiser
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    Absolutely! It’s a slippery slope to deploy troops in our own country. This whole issue is based in racism and xenophobia—not invasion nor danger. This makes me especially proud of Governor Newsom and especially proud to be a Californian.

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  • Randy
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    Their deployment was a political stunt to bring attention to a fake agenda. They were in an operations only role and couldn’t perform the same tasks as border patrol. trump can’t see beyond his wall and the far right keeps wall-shaming him so he can’t do anything different.

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  • Chickie
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    02/11/2019
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    As there is no emergency situation at our Southern borders at the time they were sent, nor is there an emergency now, our military should never have been sent there in the first place, nor should they remain.

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  • Glowurm
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    02/11/2019
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    Absolutely! Illegal to put them there in the first place! Irresponsible Repugnants, all of them. They know they are a dying breed, so they will try to rob us of everything we have before they die - in two years! We need to be ESPECIALLY vigilant now!

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  • David
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    02/11/2019
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    National Guard troops should be utilized in actual emergencies, not imagined ones.

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  • Ashley
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    We have much bigger issues at hand in this country.

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  • Riley
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    02/11/2019
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    They clearly don't care about the safety of their citizens.

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  • Lesia
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    There isn’t an emergency at the border and sending troops as political pawns is disgusting.

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  • Rachel
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    Thank you Gov. Newsom! It is a waste of people and resources to have ANY form of military personnel stationed at the border. Signed, a CA citizen with military family

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  • Edwin
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    The president may have powers but his powers in no way limits those of the people or their voices.

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  • Ken
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    I do support this but why stop there. I'm for pulling Donald out of the white house.

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  • samiam6
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    Impeach Trump and deport his base.

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  • John
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    Yes I support the withdrawal of all of the troops from the border. And I am sick to death of the lying ass-hoe who’s gone to El Paso. Even all the government officials of El Paso have deemed him a liar. This idiot Trump has got to go.

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