New Mexico governor is ignoring Trump’s call for more border security by removing troops from the southern border.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on February 5 that she would be pulling most of the 118 National Guard troops stationed in New Mexico at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The announcement was made just before Trump’s State of the Union address, in which he spoke strongly against illegal immigration. During the address Trump repeatedly called for increased border security and called a group of asylum seekers from Central America “illegal immigrants” despite many of them possessing visas.
“New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops,” Lujan Grisham stated.
The governor’s order included sending home troops from Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. Troops were initially placed in New Mexico in April 2018 by former governor Susana Martinez in response to a Trump administration order. The governor said between 11 and 15 National Guard Troops and six state police officers will remain to support concerned communities.
“I recognize and appreciate the legitimate concerns of residents and officials in southwestern New Mexico, particularly Hidalgo County, who have asked for our assistance, as migrants and asylum-seekers continue to spear at their doorstep,” she stated.