New Mexico governor orders withdrawal of National Guard troops from border – Washington Examiner

The Democratic governor of New Mexico ordered a partial withdrawal of the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border while also taking a shot at President Trump.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, made the announcement a few hours before Trump delivered his State of the Union address in which he renewed his call for a wall along the southern border.

“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 Tuesday.

National Guard troops were deployed to the border in April 2018 and 118 remained there before Lujan Grisham’s announcement. The governor has also directed Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Wisconsin to pull out their troops.

She said some troops will remain in the southwestern part of the state to address humanitarian needs.

“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,” she said.

The withdrawal follows the Pentagon’s announcement Sunday that it would send an additional 3,750 troops to the border.

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