Governor seeks info before he sics Guard

first_imgThe Oakland Democrat also created a committee that will examine the Guard’s potential use in policing the borders and the impact of diverting Guard personnel from the state’s other needs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsOn Tuesday, he made public a letter he sent to Chertoff filled with pointed questions about how the Bush administration plans to use the Guard. Bush is asking governors to comply voluntarily with his plan by sending National Guard troops. But if a governor were to refuse, the president could federalize Guard units and send them himself. Also on Wednesday, Don Perata, the Democratic leader of the state Senate, pledged not to budget “one dime” of state money for Bush’s proposed Guard deployment until the state determines whether the plan would hurt California’s ability to respond to a disaster. “As a matter of moral principle and constitutional precedent, we will not be party to budgeting one dime to enable any role for the California National Guard in border monitoring until the Senate immediately and thoroughly reviews the implications of this use of state funds and personnel,” Perata wrote to Sen. Wesley Chesbro, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. Perata said the state’s contribution to the National Guard instead should be spent on its primary function, ensuring that Guard units are prepared to respond to natural disasters and civil emergencies. SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not decided whether to comply with President George W. Bush’s plan to put National Guard troops on the Mexican border and will only make his decision after he gets more information about what the White House has in mind, the governor’s office said Wednesday. Schwarzenegger aired his concerns in a telephone call with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday afternoon but was not satisfied with what he heard. “Following the 40-minute conversation, it was clear the administration didn’t have the answers,” said Schwarzenegger’s spokeswoman Margita Thompson. “It is evident there needs to be a continuing dialogue.” For a Republican governor, Schwarzenegger has been unusually vocal in his criticism of Bush’s plans to use the Guard on the borders. Schwarzenegger said he supports Bush’s goal of reducing illegal immigration but does not think using the Guard is the right way to do it. last_img

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