There’s little debate over President Donald Trump’s focus on illegal immigration and border security. However, the details of the nation’s southern border are what is up for question. Even some Democrats are unable to agree that the southern border is going through a crisis.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Democrat of New Mexico, denied that there was a hint of a national security crisis. However, she is now asking help from the federal government to deal with illegal immigrants.
Just February this year, Lujan dismissed Trump’s claims of the border being a threat to national security. Lujan also ordered the National Guard troops from her state and others to withdraw from the region’s border. This suggests that their presence was a “charade” and that it was only a result of the “fear-mongering” of the president regarding the border.
It was also in February that she stated, “I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border.” She then proceeded to issue an order, withdrawing about 100 of the National Guard troops who had been deployed at the command of Trump. The troops were deployed by the president to “provide desperately needed logistical” assistance to agents of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Three months later, however, it was reported that the governor traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with Kevin McAleenan, Department of Homeland Security’s acting director.
New Mexico Republican Party’s chairman Steve Pearce also states that, “Everything in her actions indicate that she believes there’s a crisis, but yet she will not dedicate the resources to request her colleagues in Congress to start passing the laws that will change the situation there.”
Furthermore, the biggest problem for small New Mexican towns in the border region is that residents and even local officials have no idea how many illegal immigrants have made their way into their towns.