By Jon Dougherty
We reported back in February that after taking office the previous month, a host of Democratic governors were pulling their National Guard troops off of border security duty to spite POTUS Donald Trump as he got set to declare the crush of tens of thousands of migrants a national emergency.
Two Democrat governors just ordered their National Guard forces to withdraw from the U.S.-Mexico border where they were assisting other Guard forces, active duty troops, and Border Patrol agents to secure our country. Govs. Gavin Newsom of California and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico have proclaimed there is no ‘crisis’ on the border and that POTUS Trump is simply “fear-mongering” over the issue that a national emergency exists there.
“New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops,” Grisham announced just hours before the president gave his State of the Union Address.
Adding that she will allow some troops to remain to provide “humanitarian assistance,” she declared, “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.”
We saw early on that this was going to be a problem for Grisham and her politically motivated decision at the expense of the security of citizens in her state.
We reported in April that a local militia had stepped in to provide some semblance of border security after Guard troops returned home and the U.S. Border Patrol closed checkpoints in order to redirect agents to pressure points — a move that angered Grisham.
“It should go without saying that regular citizens have no authority to arrest or detain anyone,” she told The New York Times, which published an incredibly biased story about the militia and their activities. Grisham added that it is “completely unacceptable” that migrants be “menaced or threatened” upon entering the U.S.
Then, earlier this month, we reported that drug smuggling was spiking along the Mexico-New Mexico border, thanks in large part to Grisham’s decision to pull Guard troops and criticize efforts of local militia members who were simply trying to fill the security void she created, again, because…Trump:
The decision, which she said was in response to the president’s alleged “charade of border fear-mongering,” has led to a massive spike in cartel drug smuggling into and through the state.
For instance, a local sheriff (Otero County) said Monday that saw some $60,000 in deadly drug shipments in April, up from $3,500 in January.
The huge spike came after federal border officials were forced to close a pair of checkpoints in the area because they lacked support from Grisham.
Now, because she has been so anti-border security, her state’s boundary with Mexico has become far less secure and far more dangerous — so much so that she’s now demanding that the Trump administration ‘send help.’
According to KOAT-TV, Grisham met with federal officials in Washington, D.C., last week, including acting-Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, to discuss the ongoing crisis she, in large part, has helped to perpetuate — at least in New Mexico.
In particular, Grisham asked McAleenan to boost the number of federal personnel at her border and even had the temerity to request her state be reimbursed for humanitarian assistance costs, among other expenditures.
“The governor wants to continue to urge the federal government to increase its personnel on the border as a means of improving the logistical and communications output,” the governor’s spokesman, Tripp Stelnicki, told KOAT.
Needless to say, state Republicans weren’t going to let this gift go unopened.=
“She declares there’s no crisis. She removes the National Guard, and now she’s there asking for money,” New Mexico GOP Chairman Steve Pearce mocked, according to KOAT.
“Everything in her actions indicate that she believes there’s a crisis, but yet she will not dedicate the resources or request to her colleagues in Congress to start passing the laws that will change the situation there,” he criticized. “The border communities are going to continue to be overrun.”
The Constitution denotes, and several federal courts have confirmed, that border security is a federal function, not a state function — even for states that share an international border. So it’s likely the Trump administration will respond to Grisham’s requests/demands.
But here’s hoping that New Mexico Republicans are already cutting up video of Grisham’s blatant border hypocrisy for the next gubernatorial race just three short years from now.
Watch: Militias taking matters in their own hands, now patrolling U.S.-Mexico border
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