In retrospect, it should have been clear that California Gov. Jerry Brown never had any intention whatsoever of helping the federal government protect his state from an influx of illegal immigrant criminals. Why the hell would he want to do something like that, when his party has made illegal immigrants an invaluable constituency? It may seem strange to focus so much political capital on a segment of the population that can’t vote, but Democrats in Sacramento are playing the long con on this one. Eventually, they’re going to pull the trigger and make those millions of invaders legal citizens. And then it will be smooth sailing at the voting booth for decades, if not forever.
So we really shouldn’t be surprised now that, after temporarily agreeing to send National Guard troops to the border at the request of the Trump administration, Brown is reneging on his word. After all, his original commitment came with so many strings attached that one wondered what, exactly, California troops would be doing at the border – knitting an afghan?
“Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous border,” tweeted President Trump on Tuesday. “He cannot come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border. The high crime rate will only get higher. Much wanted Wall in San Diego already started!”
In comments to the media, the acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that Gov. Brown balked at using his troops for immigration enforcement purposes.
“The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable,” said Ronald Vitiello, “but we will have other iterations.”
To be crystal clear, Trump is not sending troops to the border to act as some kind of “extra” Border Patrol force. They are there as backup. They are there to do things like vehicle maintenance, radio support, clerical work, and preside over use of surveillance technology. They are not going down there to arrest, detain, or (as the left would have us believe) unload artillery on incoming illegal immigrants. There is nothing in this proposal that should concern anyone who is even slightly interested in our border security. By pulling out, Brown has sent a very clear message: It’s more important to appear “anti-Trump” than it is to allow the National Guard to perform their sworn duties.
Brown’s contention – that he’ll clear the troops to fight drugs, guns, and transnational gangs, but not illegal immigration – is a political statement that bears no relation to the realities on the ground. Where does he think the drugs, guns, and gang members are coming from? The sky?
Shine on, Governor Moonbeam. Shine right the hell on.