President Trump says National Guard troops will be sent to the US-Mexico border to work with the border patrol.
He’s describing this as essentially a stopgap until Congress approves funding for a border wall and tightens immigration enforcement overall.
But governors have a lot of say in how their National Guard personnel are used. Texas’ governor is applauding the President’s move. That state already has some National Guard members along the border. But what about California? Our leaders have been hostile to Trump. How might that affect Governor Brown’s willingness to cooperate?
What is the Federal government’s jurisdiction over state National Guard troops? We discuss the latest, plus the legal issues involved.
Emily Cadei, D.C. correspondent for the Sacramento Bee; she tweets @emilycadei
Dwight Stirling, adjunct professor of law at USC; chief executive officer and co-founder of the Veterans Legal Institute in Santa Ana; he is a major and a judge advocate officer in the CA National Guard