California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he would withdraw National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border, reassigning them to drug enforcement and wildfire suppression missions.

Mi Familia Vota California state director and veteran, Samuel Molina, issued the following statement:

“We commend California Governor Newsom’s actions to reassign troops to fulfill legitimate missions; our resources must be used to support real state needs and it is clear that there is no national border security emergency. We stand by the Governor’s assertions that President Trump has manufactured this crisis and that our state should not be used to underwrite his ‘political theater’.

“Across our country, state and local officials in border regions are challenging the unfounded anti-immigrant narratives coming from the White House and acting to de-escalate the rhetoric and misguided plans coming from the Trump administration.

Just last week New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered national guard Troops to be withdrawn from the border and Nogales city officials in Arizona also threatened to sue the Trump administration over the federal government’s placement of razor wire along their border, denouncing it as ‘lethal’ and unnecessary.

FILE – In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, background, and San Diego in San Diego. California National Guard troops have started training with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to be camera operators, radio dispatchers, intelligence analysts and fill other support roles to free up more agents to patrol the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

And in El Paso County, Texas, officials passed a resolution decrying the President’s “lies regarding the border and our community” ahead of Trump’s first campaign rally of the year, which he held in their city.

“We are facing a humanitarian crisis at our border, not a security crisis. Rather than play into Trump’s series of inhumane and disorganized border policies, Governor Newsom has introduced real solutions, such as earmarking $25 million for migrant assistance in his first budget proposal, to support asylum seekers. This is good for California and good for our nation.

“We expect that even when facing intense political pressure to build a wall or to adopt anti-immigrant measures, more of our elected officials will act boldly and judiciously to defend our national values and our state and local interests.”

Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.

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