"Because last week we heard another president stand up at the State of the Union and offer a vision of America fundamentally at odds with California values. He described a country where inequality didn't seem to be a problem or climate change than exist and where the greatest threat we face comes from families seeking asylum at the border.
"So let's just state the facts. We are currently experiencing the lowest number of border crossing since 1971. In California like our nation our undocumented population is at the lowest level in more than a decade. Some 550,000 fewer in our state alone. Immigrants both here legally and those without documentation commit crime at a lower rate than native-born citizens. And those families those women and children seeking asylum at the borders are doing so legally. Those are the facts. This border emergency is nothing more than a manufactured crisis. And California will not be part of this political theater."
"You know just yesterday I sent a new directive to the National Guard, put them on a new mission - one that's going to focus on respectfully the real threats facing our state. I've now directed the National Guard. A third of the forces that are currently at the border to be redeployed to help prepare for the upcoming fire season by joining Cal Fire and prevention and suppression work. Work by the way ironically that was curtailed during the recent shutdown."
California Gov. Gavin Newsom rebuked President Donald Trump on border security and immigration and announced he will withdraw most of the state's National Guard troops from the Mexico border during his first State of the State address.
Speaking in the California Assembly chambers of the California State Capitol building, Newsom said Trump has offered "a vision of an America fundamentally at odds with California values."
Newsom said Trump "described a country where inequality didn't seem to be a problem, where climate change didn't exist, and where the greatest threat we face comes from families seeking asylum at the border."
Newsom disputed Trump's claim there is a crisis on the border and said any need for National Guard troops was eliminated when Trump decided earlier this month to add 3,750 more U.S. troops at the border.
Newsom's predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown had agreed to deploy National Guard troops last year at the Trump administration's request, although he said they couldn't participate in immigration enforcement.
Newsom, though, said there's been a "gray area" in the troops' duties that may have allowed some to inadvertently participate in immigration activities. A Guard official said the state's troops have not helped detain anyone.
Newsom's speech also detailed his ambitious policy goals for the state. He said during his speech that the state faces "hard decisions that are coming due" on clean water, housing and homelessness.
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