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July 31, 2020 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel look more closely at the purpose of Operation Legend, the initiative that will send 35 federal law enforcement agents to Albuquerque to fight crime. Some state and local leaders are concerned that sending officers to New Mexico is just an attempt by the Trump administration to politicize the issue of public safety, while others welcome the added help. The panel also discusses how to gauge the success of the effort. 

Host: Gene Grant 

Line Panelists: 
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law   
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital  
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican   

For More Information: 
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Says She’d Be Willing to Work With Federal Officers But Timing Is ‘Suspect’ – ABC News 
Albuquerque Wants Guidelines on Scope of Federal Agents’ Role in City – NM Political Report 
Governor Open to Working With Feds Sent to Albuquerque  – Santa Fe New Mexican 
New Information on Federal Officers’ Role in ‘Operation Legend’ in Albuquerque – KRQE 
Udall Seeks Answers About Operation LegendAlbuquerque Journal 
AG Barr Agrees He ‘Misspoke’ About FBI Arrests in Kansas City Under Operation Legend  The Kansas City Star 
Mayor Tim Keller Joins Other Mayors in Letter Opposing Federal Agent Deployment – KRQE 
Gov. Lujan Grisham Addresses National Audience Over Concerns About Sending Federal Agents to ABQ – KOB