February 8, 2019 – On Tuesday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham revealed her plans to withdraw almost all of the National Guard troops from the New Mexico/Mexico border, making the announcement shortly before President Trump’s State of the Union speech. She does plan to beef up security around the state’s Bootheel, where illegal crossings have spiked, but she’s made it clear what she thinks of the president’s plan for a border wall in a Twitter post. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the timing of this action, and look at its combination of political moves and calculated risks.
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres
For Further Reading:
In defiance of what Trump calls a ‘national security crisis,’ NM governor pulls most National Guard troops from border – Matthew Reichbach, NM Political Report
Guard helicopter helps Border Patrol seize pot, make arrests – Associated Press