Trump Blasts Jerry Brown For Refusing To Deploy Troops To Border

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump attacked California governor Jerry Brown for refusing to send national guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable, but we will have other iterations,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection official Ronald Vitiello told reporters Tuesday in response to Brown’s decision.

Brown originally noted that he would support the deployment of national guard troops to the border, contingent that they not involve themselves in any way or support immigration enforcement efforts.

California is the only border state to refuse to Trump’s request. Republican governors in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona all complied.

The request comes as illegal border crossings have surged in recent months. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News in a recent interview that “Given the numbers we had last month, they just came out, 50,000 in April is the number that we interdicted or otherwise was inadmissible.”

“That is a 200 percent increase from March of 2017. This crisis is real,” she explained. “There are many more people coming to take advantage of these loopholes and are being trained by the smugglers.”