SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) sent a letter to Governor Brown this afternoon, urging him to ignore President Trump’s request to send National Guard Troops to the California-Mexico border.
“I am deeply troubled by the Trump Administration’s plan to militarize the United States-Mexico border and write to urge you to reject requests to deploy the California National Guard to assist in an ill-defined mission to address a nonexistent threat.
“All evidence indicates that this is a manufactured crisis. We are not experiencing an inordinate influx of immigrants, as officials in the Trump Administration have claimed, citing a caravan of immigrants coming from Central America.
“Puzzlingly, despite claims of crisis at the border, Mr. Trump has himself admitted publicly that border crossings are at a 46-year low, which raises questions about the necessity to deploy the National Guard to the border at this time.
“I am also concerned that this hastily contrived plan by the Trump Administration to militarize the border will unnecessarily spark tensions with our southern ally, Mexico.
“In addition to unnecessarily inflaming tensions with Mexico, this “plan” will undoubtedly carry significant costs to taxpayers if actually implemented. Past use of the National Guard for border enforcement has proven costly and inefficient. Operations under President Bush and President Obama had a combined cost of more than $1.3 billion. That is taxpayer money that can be much better spent improving education, expanding access to healthcare, or raising the wages of our underpaid military service members.
“I am confident that you will thoughtfully weigh the interests of Californians as you evaluate this request from the federal government. I trust that you will recognize that the Trump Administration’s proposal is ill-conceived, unnecessary and counterproductive. Sadly, it seems its true intent is not to protect us, but to further divide us.”