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Democratic governor of New Mexico pulls National Guard from border, criticizes 'the president's charade'


She also admitted that one part of the border was experiencing more border crossings than usual

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The Democratic governor of New Mexico has ordered most, but notably not all, of New Mexico's National Guard troops to withdraw from the U.S. border with Mexico.

In a statement, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham she said that she would not use her state's National Guard troops to further the president's "charade." However, in the same news release, she directed more troops to deal with an uptick in border crossings in one section of the border.

What's the story?

In a news release Tuesday, Lujan Grisham said that she rejects "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."

She admitted, however, that there were "legitimate concerns of residents and officials in southwestern New Mexico" who have requested assistance from the state government "as immigrants and asylum-seekers continue to appear at their doorstep."

She also "directed that troops in Hidalgo County and surrounding southwestern New Mexico counties remain in place to assist with the ongoing humanitarian needs of communities there, who have seen large groups of families, women and children crossing over the border in the remote Antelope Wells area in recent months."

What else?

Lujan Grisham made it clear that she stood firmly opposed to President Donald Trump's repeated claim that there is a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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.
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