Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
House GOP requests redeployment of National Guard troops to border

House Republicans sent a letter to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Monday requesting that she redeploy New Mexico National Guard troops back to the state’s border with Mexico.

Lujan Grisham withdrew a majority of the National Guard troops deployed to the border Feb. 5, saying there was not a national security crisis.

She still has yet to publicly acknowledge a crisis at the border. Otero County and the City of Deming recently have declared a state of emergency for their communities after becoming overwhelmed with the recent influx of immigrants dropped off by the Border Patrol.

The National Guard troops were sent to the border by Gov. Susana Martinez.

“Because New Mexico’s taxpayers and communities are providing resources and making sacrifices to support thousands of immigrants seeking refuge in our state, we urge you to send the National Guard back to the border to provide badly needed assistance and support to both federal and local entities,” the lawmakers wrote. 

In Monday’s letter, the House Republicans also asked Lujan Grisham to appoint a crisis response team, led by New Mexico’s Secretary of Homeland Security, to coordinate immigration response efforts throughout the state.