Latino Legislative Caucus on Governor Newsom’s Redeployment of the California National Guard from the Border Area

Monday, February 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), issued the following statement on behalf of the Caucus on Governor Gavin Newsom’s general order moving California National Guard personnel from the border & redeploying them to focus on the actual threats California faces, not the White House’s manufactured crisis:

“The California Latino Legislative Caucus fully supports Governor Gavin Newsom’s general order to redeploy California’s National Guard from the U.S./Mexico border to areas of real need,” Gonzalez said. “From the outset, the California Latino Caucus, as a group, has believed this entire ‘Crisis at the Border’ to be a cynical, manufactured attempt by the Trump Administration to promote fear and drive a divisive wedge between Americans. Despite the use of the National Guard being conditioned by Governor Brown on improving public safety, and not on enforcing immigration law, we were deeply concerned that the potential existed for the use of state resources to support a federal policy that has inflicted inhuman trauma on people seeking refuge in accordance with national and international laws. That is why we asked Governor Brown to remove the National Guard from the border and why we applaud Governor Newsom’s general order and his letter to the U.S. Secretary of Defense to do just that.” 


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