Another 150 will expand the Guard's federally funded, state-coordinated Counterdrug Task Force (CDTF), and 100 will focus in on conducting counter narcotics search and seizure operations targeting transnational criminal organizations around ports of entry. The governor plans to reassign the soldiers to help with wildfire prevention and combat drug smuggling across the state, according to local reports. The governor said he would sign a general order to redeploy the troops to support wildfire prevention efforts and expand operations to counter drugs and cartels across California, with a group of forces trained in spotting narcotics to be stationed at the state's global points of entry. Newson is expected to easily top the field in the race for governor, but former Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang are among the Democrats hoping to box out Republican John Cox and make it a one-party showdown in November for the state's highest office.
"This is our answer to the White House: No more division, xenophobia or nativism", Newsom plans to say in his State of the State speech that he will deliver on Tuesday morning.
The decision follows similar action last month by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grusham, who ordered the withdrawal of the majority of National Guard troops at the border. Under Newsom's order, a small group of forces trained in spotting narcotics would be stationed at California's global points of entry.
Newsom's plan will require the National Guard to immediately begin withdrawing troops but still give it until the end of March to do so. "Period. Full stop", Newsom said.
"This whole border issue is manufactured", Newsom said on Monday of Trump's portrayal of the situation.
Trump argues the troops, who are supposed to provide surveillance and assist border agents, are needed to fight illegal immigration.
"I'm trying to acknowledge there are some legitimate concerns but I'm not going to play into the hype and the politics", he told reporters before signing an executive order changing the troops' mission.
Brown also ordered that the guard members not enforce immigration laws or participate in the building of a border barrier.
"It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life". The governor's office says funding for this mission will continue to come from the federal government under the terms of the previous deployment agreed to by the Brown and Trump administrations.
He has held up California as an antidote to what he deems a corrupt Washington, a message he's likely to echo in Tuesday's State of the State speech, his first as governor.