Governor withdraws most New Mexico National Guard from border

by Sun-News Report
February 6, 2019

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s governor, arguing there is not an “overwhelming national security crisis,” withdrew the majority of National Guard troops deployed at the state’s southern border.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday also announced she would be sending more help to Hidalgo County — one of the state’s three border counties — to assist with humanitarian needs.

“I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border, along which are some of the safest communities in the country,” the governor stated in a news release sent hours before President Donald’s Trump’s scheduled State of the Union. “However, 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.”

Former Gov. Susana Martinez sent 200 National Guard troops to the border in April 2018 at the request of President Trump. Of the original 200, 118 troops remain.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Stan Lee says:

    Based upon the report , N.M. Governor Martinez states that she has withdrawn Nat’l Guard troops under her command. She had complied with President Trump by activating 200 N.M. Nat’l Guard troops. Now the report indicates that 118 of those troops remain. How does the number remaining of 118 Guard troops fit the truthfulness of the report, when there were 200 troops to start with in the original activation? The headline states “Most of N.M. Nat’l Guard troops withdrawn”.
    Just plain old arithmetic results in 82 of the Guard troops withdrawn, and that is no majority. I believe she withdrew part of that original number of 200, because she is demonstrating that there is no emergency on that southern border. The same claim that Pelosi or Schumer would make! So, it was an “In your face” moment she’s had against President Trump. As for emergency, what do caravans of people from Central America, marching to our southern border, have in mind?They aren’t going to Immigration Ports of Entry, they are headed for places they can easily cross without properly identifying themselves. N.M. is one of those states which has practically no security on that border. If that Governor is protecting her state, she ought to tell this nation how she’s protecting!

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