MEXICO CITY — California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas’ decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that “wiser minds will prevail.”
Brown is in Mexico for three days of meetings, focusing on migration, trade, investment and environmental cooperation.
At a news conference with Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, Brown said the immigration overload of thousands of Central American youths at the border should be seen as a humanitarian issue. The U.S. is coping with a dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied children attempting to cross the border, coming mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Meade said he and Brown agree that the use of law-enforcement or military agencies “is never justified in cases where children are concerned” unless they are providing medical or logistical aid.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, announced a decision last week to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said were criminals exploiting a surge of children po