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Tue Feb 5, 2019, 11:17 PM

Gov. Grisham withdraws National Guard troops from New Mexico border

Source: UPI

FEB. 5, 2019 / 9:47 PM
By Darryl Coote



Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered the withdrawal of most of the 118 troops deployed to the New Mexico border. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License Photo


Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., ordered the withdrawal of the majority of National Guard troops deployed at New Mexico's southern border, stating that her state will not take part in President Donald Trump's "fear-mongering."

"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," Grisham said in a statement. "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."

National Guard troops in Hidalgo County and surrounding southwestern New Mexico counties will remain to deal with the ongoing humanitarian need there as large groups of families have crossed over the border in Antelope Wells in recent months, she said.

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"We will support our neighbors where the need for assistance is great, and we will offer a helping hand when we can to those vulnerable people who arrive at our border, but 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," she said.



Read more: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/02/05/Gov-Grisham-withdraws-National-Guard-troops-from-New-Mexico-border/2731549420287/

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Judi Lynn Feb 2019 OP
onetexan Feb 2019 #1
iluvtennis Feb 2019 #2
Judi Lynn Feb 2019 #3
Progressive Jones Feb 2019 #4
janx Feb 2019 #5
Kali Feb 2019 #6
Dem2theMax Feb 2019 #7

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 11:33 PM

1. Excellent move by the new Dems NM Governor!

Saw her at a summer festival parade in Taos a couple years ago. She is a bundle of intelligence, wit and a spine of steel packed into a petite frame.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 11:34 PM

2. And the idiot announced in SOTU that he was deploying 5000+ more troops to the border

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 12:30 AM

3. New Mexico pulls most national guard troops from border in rebuke to Trump


Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s move challenges Donald Trump’s description of a security crisis

Associated Press
Tue 5 Feb 2019 22.13 EST

The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state’s national guard troops from the US border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges Donald Trump’s description of a security crisis.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the partial withdrawal shortly before Trump’s State of the Union address. Her Republican predecessor deployed national guard troops to the border in April 2018 at Trump’s suggestion, and 118 remained there before Tuesday’s reversal.

“New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fearmongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement.

At the same time, the governor said a small contingent – about a dozen guardsmen – would remain in the south-western corner of the state to assist with humanitarian needs in a remote corridor for cross-border immigration. She also mobilized state police to assist local law enforcement.

More:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/05/new-mexico-governor-border-troops-national-guard-trump

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 12:37 AM

4. K & R !!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 12:46 AM

5. She's very smart. She's also delightfully funny:

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Response to janx (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 01:36 AM

6. love it!

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Response to janx (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 02:25 AM

7. +1,000

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