Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
Governor rejects Republican request to redeploy National Guard to border

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham rejected a request by House Republicans Tuesday asking her to redeploy the New Mexico National Guard troops to the southern border, calling a military response a “misguided use of state resources” and a “cynical ploy.”

The Democratic governor said daily costs of deployment could reach $20,000 for 100 troops.

“Costs aside, a military response to a humanitarian matter would be a misguided use of state resources at best and a cynical ploy to paper over a genuine and entrenched humanitarian and logistical issues at worst,” Lujan Grisham said in a letter to Republican House Leader James Townsend (R-Artesia). “State National Guard troops, while diligent and flexible, are not equipped or authorized to manage or assist with immigration enforcement efforts.”

The governor also turned down the request by the Republicans to appoint a response team, led by the state Secretary of Homeland Security, to coordinate the immigration response efforts throughout the state.