Earlier this year New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham pulled National Guard troops from the southern U.S. border in protest of President Donald Trump’s “charade of border fear-mongering.”
“I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the Southern border,” the Democrat governor adamantly said to the media at the time, adding that the southern U.S. border boasts “some of the safest communities in the country” …
She even put out a video mocking the president’s call for a border wall:
Three months have passed since that eventful day, and much has changed, including her attitude.
During a visit last week to Washington, D.C., she reportedly requested that the federal government reimburse communities in her state for the money they’ve expended taking care of the illegals aliens who were able to cross the unsecured southern border and set up shop in their communities.
She also reportedly complained about the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. Border Patrol agents from interior checkpoints along the southern border in New Mexico.
“The governor wants to continue to urge the federal government to increase its personnel on the border as a means of improving the logistical and communications output,” a spokesperson with the governor’s office said to local station KOAT.
The withdrawal has apparently caused some problems, with one of the state’s border counties having been forced last month to declare a state of emergency and issue a request that Grisham immediately redeploy the National Guard to the southern border.
“If this demand is not met by the State of New Mexico in one week’s time, the County of Otero will take action itself to provide security and safety and well-being for the people in this county,” Otero County Commission chairman Couy Griffin said at the time.
“Otero County will also consider litigation in regards to the State of New Mexico failing to follow its constitutional duties towards the people of Otero County.”
Learn more about this emergency below, via KRQE:
The governor’s office essentially dismissed the county’s concerns.
“If Otero County officials are unhappy that a federal checkpoint has been un-manned, so to speak, their concerns would have the best chance of being addressed if registered with the federal agency that made the decision to shift that personnel elsewhere,” her office said in a statement at the time.
“At the same time, Otero County is absolutely free to reach out to the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for whatever assistance they feel they need, which as of today had not occurred.”
It’s unclear whether the New Mexico governor realizes that what officials from Otero County had been saying matched perfectly with what the president had been saying.
Nor is it clear whether she realizes the hypocrisy of her now asking for money and personnel after having dismissed the border crisis and mocked the president’s attempts to build a wall.
She’s also previously criticized the president’s national emergency:
The president’s plan to declare a national emergency is gratuitous, legally dubious and reflective of his soft grasp of the facts of governance.
— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) February 14, 2019
After she withdrew the National Guard from the border in February, she made an appearance on MSNBC and again dismissed the indisputable crisis along the border. She also took shots at former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, for having bought into the crisis narrative.
“While the former governor did comply with that request, and when there is a real national emergency, I would make the same decision. ….,” she said dismissively.
“But this is not a national emergency. We are spending $30 million on our troops deployment there. And that’s money he’s taking out of things I really do need in this state.”
Following her decision, a Change.org petition was launched demanding her impeachment.
Status update of petition to recall Gov. Lujan… Looks like we are at the midpoint. https://t.co/xfQtfB7X8v
— Alejandro Montano (@RenovaAlejandro) May 1, 2019
Three months later the petition now boasts almost 80,000 signers. Meanwhile, the governor is now essentially begging the federal government for money for the non-crisis crisis …
“She declares there’s no crisis. She removes the National Guard and now she’s there asking for money,” failed 2018 Republican New Mexico gubernatorial nominee Steve Pearce, the current chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, said in exasperation to KOAT.
“Everything in her actions indicate that she believes there’s a crisis, but yet she will not dedicate the resources or request to her colleagues in Congress to start passing the laws that will change the situation there.”
If Grisham continues to do nothing and just beg the feds for money and resources, chances are “[t]he border communities are going to continue to be overrun,” Pearce added.
From the looks of it, her constituents do not approve of her handling of what is clearly a crisis:
By being possibly the most disgraceful and incompetent government official in the country. After your very public rebuttal of the border crisis you now go to Trump with hat in hand begging for help as your poor citizens are overrun and bankrupted by your stupidity. Resign
— Pablo (@oldmanpablo7) May 26, 2019
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham IGNORED her constituents pleas for HELP at our border dismissing the crisis as ‘fabricated’
Now, she’s asking for government assistance 🤷🏼♀️
— Politically Stripped ™️ 🇺🇸🗽 (@politstrip) May 25, 2019
Governor, I am saddened as how you are using this crisis for your own political gain. You could have helped stop this onslaught of migrants, but you refuse to acknowledge we need a border with Mexico and to have an orderly legal immigration system.
— Gene Lewis (@CeRanch) May 25, 2019
.@GovMLG : is this a crisis yet?
— John Block (@JohnforNM) May 25, 2019
I beg you to listen to the people/citizens of the state you’re in charge of. The majority of the people in your state do not approve of the way you are handling the wave of illegal immigrants. You cannot afford to keep dealing with this crisis passively.
— christopher chavez (@cc2chavez) May 24, 2019
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