New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham: Trump Is "Stoking Fear" Trying To Militarize The Border


In an interview Wednesday with MSNBC's Katy Tur, Democratic New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham discussed her decision to pull state National Guard troops from the border. Grisham said there is "not a national emergency" at the border at the Trump administration is "stoking fear" in "an effort to get support for militarizing the border."

GOV. LUJAN GRISHAM: I have long been concerned that in addition to this anti-immigrant agenda by the White House stoking fear, the racist comments about Hispanic communities and immigrant communities in general, that this is an effort to get support for militarizing the border. And not getting Congress to do that. He’s making sure that he’s trying to get states to do that...

This is not a national emergency. We are spending $30 million on our troop deployment there. That’s money he’s taking out of things that we do need in this state, like infrastructure investments. I asked them to get me more data and demonstrate what they are doing and I don’t want them to involve in immigration enforcement. They were unable to make the case. I made the decision as soon as they gave me report, which again indicated no crisis. I pulled the troops from the border.

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