California governor to pull back troops from border: report

California’s governor is preparing to withdraw most of the state’s National Guard troops who are stationed at the southern border.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will withdraw about 260 of the 360 troops at the border, a spokesman for him told The Associated Press. Newsom is expected to address the situation in his State of the State speech on Tuesday, and will refer to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE’s description of an “emergency” at the border with Mexico as “political theater,” according to the AP.

“The border ‘emergency’ is a manufactured crisis, and California will not be part of this political theater,” Newsom is expected to say, the news service reported.


Trump ordered border states to send National Guard troops to the border last April amid an increasingly contentious national debate on border security.

When then-Gov. Jerry Brown (D) agreed to deploy the National Guard troops, he said in his statement that those deployed "will not enforce immigration laws or participate in the construction of any new border barrier."

Last week, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamNew Mexico bans employers from asking about applicants' criminal history New Mexico bans employers from asking about applicants' criminal history Trump antagonizes both parties on trade MORE (D) ordered the withdrawal of most of the state’s National Guard troops, and issued a statement rejecting “the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border.”

Newsom’s move comes ahead of a Feb. 15 deadline for lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to reach a deal on border security or risk another government shutdown.

His office told the AP that the approximately 100 troops to remain deployed will focus their efforts on combatting drug and gun smuggling. The reportedly governor plans to reassign some of the other troops to the state’s fire preparation efforts and an expansion of the counter drug task force.

Newsom plans to ask the state’s National Guard to begin immediately withdrawing the troops, but will allow it to take up through the month of March, when the original order is set to expire, according to the AP.

Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, has been critical of Trump’s immigration policies and the actions of some federal immigration authorities at the border.