The Golden State has never been positive about the Trump administration's policies. What is more, it has proved itself as a rebellion on numerous occasions. Here is the next proof.
Only a day before his first official State of the State speech as a governor, Gavin Newsom plans today to order the withdrawal of several hundred National Guard troops from the Mexican border, despite the President's request for support from the border states.
According to the governor's spokesperson Nathan Click, nearly 100 out of 360 troops would remain at the border under the state's agreement with the federal government to combat the transnational crime, drugs, and firearm smuggling.
More specifically, the remaining task forces would focus on providing intelligence on cross-border crimes and help with cargo dock operations and searches of commercial trucks for contraband, added Click.
California is not the first state which opposes the President's border policies. The newly-elected New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a fellow Democrat as her colleague from California, pulled back the majority of the state's National Guard troops.
In addition to that, she also issued a statement, opposing “the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border.”
Grisham and Newsom's predecessors accepted the President's request to send troops to the border in April last year along with the other bordering states Texas and Arizona. The former California governor, Jerry Brown agreed but pointed out that the troops would not reinforce any immigration laws and would not participate in the building of any border wall.
In his upcoming State of Speech on Tuesday, Gov. Newsom would call President's Trump ''emergency'' at the Mexican border ''a manufactured crisis'' and ''a political theater in which California would not take part'', according to internal sources.
Upon Newsom's plans, the National Guard would start withdrawing troops immediately, but the process would finish in March when the original order is set to expire.
Gov. Newsom's measure goes public shortly before February 15, the deadline for lawmakers to agree on a border security deal or risk another government shutdown.
Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco who assumed office less than a month ago, has always been against Trump's immigration politics at the border.
Are you looking forward to the Gov. Newsom's first State of State speech tomorrow?