"I'm not going to participate, nor do I think it's appropriate for any shape or fashion to use the National Guard to attempt to border the border where we're dealing with asylum seekers who have their constitutional rights continue to be breached. , "the newly elected Democratic governor said Wednesday during a news conference in her state.
She also argued that after meeting with the National Guard and Border Patrol," they could not make an effective case that had the National Guard presence there. them in any meaningful way with dealing with any narrative activity along the border. "
She said that the deployment of the National Guard was taking funding from other state needs, listing infrastructure and health care.
In a statement announcing her decision Tuesday, Lujan Grisham rejected President Donald Trump's claim that there is a national security crisis at the southern border.
She vowed that "New Mexico will not take part in the president's charade of border fear -mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops. "" We will deploy our men and women in uniform only where there is a need, and where their presence can make a genuine difference in ensuring public safety and an easing of the humanitarian. concerns at our southern border, "Lujan Grisham said Tuesday.
The governor also ordered National Guard troops from six states ̵
She did, however, directly 11 to 15 National Guard personnel remain in the southwestern part of the state to help with humanitarian needs. ] "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.
Half to state state officers will also be temporarily deployed to Hidalgo County to help local law enforcement.
The New Mexico National Guard said that it was carrying out Lujan Grisham's orders, preparing to remove most troops except for a small number needed for "support requirements."
"Under the governor's direction, New Mexico leaders have started demobilization operations to withdraw the majority of its troops from the s outhwest border, with the exception of troops in southwestern New Mexico counties where troops will remain in place with the ongoing support requirements, "the Guard said in a statement. "May Gen. Kenneth Nava, the adjutant general of New Mexico, and his staff are working on retrograde operations for other support state's National Guard troops."
Lujan Grisham has long been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration's immigration policies since Her time serving in Congress and as chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She is argued that "the president should lead by himself from this political, angry, racist rhetoric" and "lean in and help us with real border security." Last April, Trump ordered the deployment of National Guard forces to help secure the border. There are about 2,200 National Guardsmen assigned to that mission, which is scheduled to end in September. There are also 2,300 active duty troops deployed to the border, with over 3,000 additional active duty troops to join.
Lujan Grisham duty reporters Wednesday she has not been in communication with the White House about the new deployment of active troops.