Border Governor Takes Aim at Trump in Video

Toya Sarno Jordan  Getty Images North America

Toya Sarno Jordan Getty Images North America

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.

The New Mexico governor's decision to pull National Guard troops from the southern border came on the heels of the Trump administration's decision to deploy an additional 3,750 troops to the southern border as the US leader continues to battle with Congress Democrats over funding for his wall.

US immigration policy has been a touchstone for political debate for decades but Trump has inflated the situation for political advantage, regardless of lower numbers of people seeking entry to America. "Bollard fencing as an example, posts that prevent vehicles from driving in".

The Trump administration has consistently sought to exaggerate any security threat posed by refugees. That triggered a 35-day partial USA government shutdown, the longest in the nation's history.

She did, however, direct 11 to 15 National Guard personnel to remain in the southwestern part of the state to help with humanitarian needs.

"I don't believe we should not be investing in border security", Lujan Grisham said, "but we ought to be putting our resources where they make the most sense".

"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", the governor said.

On Wednesday, Grisham took a more concrete approach the President's plan, signaling that she no longer intends to allow New Mexico's National Guard troops to protect the southern border, and that she will recall the National Guard immediately.

"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.

Most of the 118 National Guard troops deployed in the state will be withdrawn, Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, said in a statement late Tuesday.

The troops had been deployed by her Republican predecessor, Susana Martinez, previous year at the request of Trump, also a Republican.

Half a dozen state police officers will also be temporarily deployed to Hidalgo County to help the local law enforcement.

It is essential that Lujan Grisham continues to push the federal government for the right kind of border intervention - better security measures, assistance for refugee families, health care for migrants, and, yes, building or improving barriers where they will work.

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