New Mexico Governor Defies Trump, Pulls National Guard Troops From US-Mexico Border
In an act of defiance, the governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump’s contention there was a border crisis.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, ordered the National Guard troops deployed at the state’s border with Mexico to withdraw on Tuesday, in a move that challenges President Trump.
The governor called Trump’s frequent declarations of an immigration crisis at the border a “charade.”
“New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement.
The troops had been deployed by her Republican predecessor, Susana Martinez, last year at the request of Trump, also a Republican.
A small, though unspecified, number of troops will remain in place to help with the “humanitarian needs” of communities near the border and vulnerable migrants arriving at the border, Lujan Grisham said.
“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,” her statement said.
Trump’s promise to build a wall on the border, with construction paid for by Mexico, was a key message of his 2016 campaign. Mexico has refused to fund the project and Congress rejected Trump’s demands for $5.7 billion in funding for the project.