With weapons and unlawful which have been seized by U.S. Customs and Border Safety within the foreground, President Donald Trump speaks at a roundtable on immigration and border safety at U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station, throughout a go to to the southern border, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in McAllen, Texas. (AP Picture/ Evan Vucci) The Related Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham stated she noticed no quick proof Friday on the U.S. border with Mexico of the safety disaster described by President Donald Trump, as she pressed U.S. officers there for extra details about circumstances inside a short-term detention facility for immigrants.
Lujan Grisham visited the border group of Sunland Park and the Santa Teresa port of entry on a fact-finding mission earlier than making additional selections concerning the ongoing deployment of New Mexico Nationwide Guard troops to bolster border safety.
She was briefed by the Nationwide Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Safety, however she requested for extra intensive data, in response to governor’s workplace spokesman Tripp Stelnicki.
“I wanted to see the situation for myself,” stated Lujan Grisham, relaying her impressions via a sequence of Twitter posts. “I still have questions, and I’m going to work through the data I’ve requested, so the decisions we make about the issues at our border are evidence-based, not political.”
The governor repeatedly has expressed skepticism about Trump’s portrayal of immigration and border safety conditions amid the standoff over federal funding for a border wall.
That is a pointy shift in outlook from the previous governor of New Mexico, Republican Susana Martinez, who deployed almost 200 troops to the border in April and this week defended Trump’s name for a border wall as a part of a deal to finish the partial authorities shutdown.
Lujan Grisham “needs to see more data, she needs to see more context, before making any future decisions about the National Guard,” Stelnicki stated. “It’s about whether that mission is adequately serving the public safety of New Mexicans and the country, as well as the people who are fleeing gang violence, these women and children.”
Lujan Grisham was accompanied by just lately appointed state Cupboard secretaries for well being and emergency administration, in addition to Lt. Gov. Howie Morales.
Lujan Grisham describes Trump’s thought for a wall as outdated and ineffectual and has known as on the president to finish the shutdown. She additionally has emphasised humanitarian issues concerning the remedy of international ladies and kids searching for asylum within the U.S., invoking the current deaths in New Mexico of Guatemalan immigrant kids Felipe Gomez Alonzo and Jakelin Caal whereas in U.S. custody.
As a consultant in Congress final 12 months, Lujan Grisham used her place as chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to lambast the Trump administration’s deserted coverage of separating immigrant kids from their households on the border.
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