New Mexico governor pulls Guard troops from border

Border fence / Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection / (MGN)
Border fence / Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection / (MGN)
Published: Feb. 5, 2019 at 7:51 PM PST
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The governor of New Mexico is withdrawing the majority of the state's National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico in a move that challenges President Trump's description of a security crisis.

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the withdrawal in a statement Tuesday, shortly before Trump's State of the Union address.

She says a small portion of the state's 118-troop deployment will remain in the southwest corner of New Mexico to assist with humanitarian needs in what is a remote corridor for cross-border immigration.

New Mexico deployed troops to the border in April at Trump's suggestion.

Lujan Grisham is rejecting assertions about a national security crisis at the border, while acknowledging concerns about a tide of asylum-seekers.

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