Despite having frequently denounced President Trump’s efforts to increase security at the US-Mexico border, New Mexico’s Democrat Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, recently headed to DC in order to beg for federal help in the wake of growing illegal migration.
Grisham, who called Trump’s calls for bolstering border security a “charade of border fear-mongering” and demanded National Guard troops from New Mexico be recalled from the border, is now asking the federal government to “increase its personnel on the border.”
Additionally, Grisham reportedly sought reimbursement for humanitarian expenses, drawing the ire of Republican colleagues, including Steve Pearce.
“She declares there’s no crisis. She removes the National Guard, and now she’s there asking for money,” said Pearce, New Mexico’s GOP chairman.
From KOAT News:
New Mexico has become a key player in the immigration and border wall debate, and now Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is in Washington,D.C., meeting with federal officials to discuss New Mexico’s border situation.
According to a spokesperson for the governor’s office, weeks of phone conversations between Lujan Grisham and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan
have finally led to a sit-down meeting.
“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,” said spokesman Tripp Stelnicki.
Our partners at the Albuquerque Journal report that the governor is also seeking federal reimbursement for humanitarian assistance, more federal staffing and other resources.
“She declares there’s no crisis. She removes the National Guard and now she’s there asking for money,” said Steve Pearce, the chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party.
Earlier this year, Lujan Grisham said there was no crisis at the southern border and a few weeks later removed the National Guard troops. Pearce said the governor needs to acknowledge what the real problem at the border is.
“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,” Pearce said.
Stelnicki said one of the big problems New Mexico communities face is not knowing what’s coming or when. Pearce said he doesn’t believe an end is in sight.
“The border communities are going to continue to be overrun,” Pearce said.
Lujan Grisham is hoping some of these conversations alleviate some of the pressure our border communities are currently facing. Stelnicki said the governor also wants to address the Otero County situation, where local officials were upset by the federal decision to pull resources away from a checkpoint.
The governor will be back Thursday evening.