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Governor says troops withdrawal is popular

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SANTA FE (AP) — A spokeswoman for New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is calling an impeachment petition against the governor's decision to withdraw border troops a sham effort by President Trump supporters mostly outside the state.

Lujan Grisham spokeswoman Nora Sackett said Tuesday that the governor has encountered strong public support within New Mexico for her decision last week to withdraw most of the state's National Guard troops from the border with Mexico.

The petition seeking Lujan Grisham's impeachment garnered more than 35,000 signatures by Tuesday afternoon as federal border authorities announced another group of more than 300 migrants had been apprehended at Sunland Park.

Sackett says the "silly" petition is a diversion from Trump's efforts to build an unpopular border wall. Sacket said the federal government should be focused on filling vacant Border Patrol jobs.