Gov. Lujan Grisham again shows weak leadership denying Congresswoman Herrell's request for National Guard troops to protect our New Mexico border.
GOVERNOR’S RESPONSE DEMONSTRATES A DISREGARD FOR OUR CITIZENS’ SAFETY AND WELL-BEING
Albuquerque, April 11—The Republican Party of New Mexico is shocked and dismayed that a request from Rep. Yvette Herrell to Gov. Lujan Grisham to deploy the New Mexico National Guard to the Mexico border was dismissed. The Governor’s refusal to take action reeks of politics and manifests her lack of concern for the health and safety of New Mexicans.
Rep. Herrell had written the Governor, stressing the need for the troops to stop the massive wave of migrant families and unaccompanied children who are coming across the border. The Congresswoman informed the Governor that New Mexico is on the front line of the border problem that’s been exacerbated by the Biden Administration’s weak immigration policies. She added the influx of migrants also threatens public health as New Mexico continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor’s Office rejected Herrell’s request, suggesting she take her concerns to federal agencies.
Rep. Herrell also pointed out to the Governor that the U.S. Border Patrol is overworked, undermanned and under-supplied. She said it’s the Governor’s duty to protect her citizens.
The U.S. Border Patrol last week reported nearly 170,000 encounters with migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border in March. That was a 20-year high. That figure includes almost 19,000 children traveling by themselves across the U.S.-Mexico border. The crossings are happening in record numbers.