Governor California calls the border issue 'theater' and withdraws troops

The governor of the US state of California, Gavin Newsom, on Monday retired nearly three quarters of the National Guard troops guarding the border with Mexico.


The governor of the US state of California, Gavin Newsom, on Monday retired nearly three quarters of the National Guard troops guarding the border with Mexico.

California had almost four hundred soldiers stationed along the southern border with Mexico, but only about a hundred remain in their posts to counter the drug trafficking of cartels.

Newsom does not feel it necessary to have as many soldiers as border guards and mentioned the view that the state has major problems with illegal immigrants "political theater".

"This whole border issue is a fabricated crisis," said the Democratic governor at a press conference in Sacramento, the capital of California. "This is a political scheming point, we do not participate."

According to Newsom, who took office in California as a governor in January, the number of people crossing the border illegally is at the lowest point in nearly fifty years. The border between California and Mexico in the south of the state is about 200 kilometers long.

President Donald Trump has sent additional troops to the American border with Mexico in recent months. He also wants to build a wall between the two countries, but the Democrats block the financing for this.

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REF: https://www.nu.nl/buitenland/5737404/gouverneur-californie-noemt-grenskwestie-theater-en-trekt-troepen-terug.html