Gov. MLG rejects Congresswoman Herrell’s plea for National Guard troops at border amid crisis

As migrants ravage New Mexico’s southern border with Mexico and local landowners in southern New Mexico have begged for relief from federal and state authorities, their pleas have so far fallen on deaf ears. 

One request from GOP Congresswoman Yvette Herrell asked Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to supply National Guard troops to the Southern Border amid Joe Biden’s border crisis, which has been so horrific that kids have been locked in metal boxes outside and migrants have flooded through the border, many including children who have been trafficked and sexually abused on their journey north.

“The U.S. Border Patrol is overworked, undermanned, and under-supplied,” Herrell wrote. “It is your duty as the governor of our great state to protect our citizens from both Covid-19 and the cartels that cross our border.”

In a snarky response by Lujan Grisham spokeswoman Nora Sackett, she wrote to the Associated Press (AP), “We encourage the congresswoman to most effectively address her own concerns by directing them to the federal agencies working on the issue.”

However, the Governor felt the need to dispatch National Guard troops to Washington, D.C. for the installation of Joe Biden as occupant of the White House in January. Now, somehow, the integrity of the border with a neighboring country is less important than that, in the Governor’s view.

According to the AP, “The governor’s office had no comment about the recent cases of children being abandoned along the border in southern New Mexico.” 

On Thursday, the U.S. Border Patrol reported nearly 170,000 encounters with migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border in March, marking a 20-year high. “That includes nearly 19,000 children traveling alone across the border, which was the largest monthly number ever recorded. March’s count was roughly double the number of unaccompanied children encountered by the Border Patrol in February and more than five times the number in March 2020,” wrote the report. 

One horrifying scene showed a horrified 8-year-old illegal migrant child who was abandoned by smugglers and spend the night alone. He came crying to Border Patrol agents. This is just one of the many horrors happening around the Southern Border.

“The number of people attempting to cross our southern border is unprecedented and something must change in order to deter migrants from making that life-threatening journey,” Herrell wrote the governor. “I believe that change is deploying National Guard troops to the border, and I again call on you to do so.”

The Governor first ripped National Guard troops from the Southern Border early in her tenure, just two months following her taking office. She erroneously claimed there was no crisis on the Border.


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