‘New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering …’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The newly elected governor of New Mexico said President Donald Trump’s crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border is a “charade” and ordered the state’s National Guard to withdraw a majority of its troops.
“New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops,” Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement released shortly before the president addressed the nation during the State of the Union Tuesday.
Grisham said she rejects the “federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border,” ordering National Guard troops to return to their home states.
The remaining troops she sent to Hidalgo County, where they will “assist with the ongoing humanitarian needs of communities there, who have seen large groups of families, women, and children crossing over the border in the remote Antelope Wells area in recent months.”
This group only consists of around 12 guardsmen, though, and six New Mexico State Police officers, according to the Associated Press.
Hidalgo County has seen a massive influx of migrants seeking asylum in the U.S.—a group of 306 migrants crossed the border in this area on Jan. 25, according to NBC News.
“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 appear at their doorstep,” she said.
Trump stressed the importance of legal immigration during his State of the Union address, and once again reiterated that there is, in fact, a “crisis” at the southern border.
The “tremendous onslaught” of migrants poses a serious risk to communities along the border, he said.
“This is a moral issue,” Trump said. “The lawless state of our southern border is a threat to the safety, security and financial well-being of all Americans.”