New Mexico Gov. Sues Over Border Crisis She Helped Create



On Monday, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced via Twitter that due to the “ongoing humanitarian crisis at the southern border,” her state would be suing the Trump administration for “indiscriminately releasing migrants in communities in the state’s borderland area.”

Filed in conjunction with the city of Albuquerque, the goal of the lawsuit is “to ensure that New Mexico border communities are not unfairly overburdened and that asylum-seeking individuals and families are not left without basic necessities.”

The city and state allege they have been “profoundly impacted” by the Trump administration’s decision in October to cancel the “safe release” policy, which is a 10-year-old practice of coordinating transportation for asylum seekers into the interior United States where they ostensibly would remain until their court hearing (if they so choose to appear).

San Diego, which like Albuquerque is a sanctuary city, filed a similar motion in April complaining that asylum seekers were staying put and the San Diego taxpayers were having to foot the bill. Interesting, since San Diego’s politicians have shown no apprehension about spending resources on health and education benefits for illegal aliens already here.

Both lawsuits name the heads of various homeland security agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Border Patrol  – all agencies which have been warning for months about the worsening situation on the border.

As those same agency chiefs have been calling on Congress and state lawmakers to assist them in stopping illegal immigration, Lujan Grisham has refused to acknowledge any crisis existed – until the illegal aliens arrived in her backyard.

Lujan Grisham plaintively pleading for assistance to deal with the “humanitarian crisis” is the same woman who confidently asserted in January after a visit to the border, “I haven’t seen anything to indicate that we have an emerging crisis here at the border.”

Despite border apprehensions averaging at more than 60,000 a month at the time, the newly-elected governor announced in February plans to withdraw most of the 200 New Mexico National Guard troops already deployed to the border.

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14 Comments

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    Taking responsibility for your actions is not something dems care about. It’s their inability to act maturely and do the job they swore on oath to do. But, true to their corrupt view, they support illegal conduct over law abiding Americans and act like others are to blame. They have sold out to our enemies. This is treason and they need to e treated as such.

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    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, You and the Democrat Party are responsible for the humanitarian crisis In New Mexico. Suggest you sue them.

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    When reality slaps your talking points in the face, you blame others and sue the one man who’s trying to fix the problem.

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    New Mexico’s governor pulls National Guard troops from border.
    By Morgan Lee – Associated Press – Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    Careful what you ask for Governor.

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    These idiots are making bad calls and poor discussions and then trying to blame others… in other words democrats are all narcissists!

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    Lujan is so stupid she should be the demo parties presidential candidate for president. Albuquerque is not a border town that she is saying that border towns are getting to many illegals but it is a sanctuary city that they decided not Pres. Trump. So here is your quota for now **** in there Gov. there are more on the way. Thank your party leaders they are the ones that want open borders no wall. While your at it close the gates that were forced open and locked.

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    So they have to show an injury, financial in this case, in a law suit. Seems like the federal govt. would be able to provide an endless list of quotes by politicians at the city, state and federal level who have a} welcomed illegals, and b} denied this was a crisis. Both these states have Democratic governors and Senators. When Trump has been trying to get something passed in Congress that will help get control of the border, the Democrats have refused to give an inch and fought him to the bitter end.

    The sanctuary cities openly announce that illegals are welcome there and say that they will not cooperate with ICE. Previously they derided as racist anyone who mentions what a financial burden illegals are. Now that the logical and inevitable consequences of their policies and pronouncements have occurred, the chickens coming home to roost so to speak, they claim to have had nothing to do with this and say someone else should pay for it.

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    The Hypocrites On Chronic American Citizen Homelessness in America

    Ignore the problem, and the OBP is the biggest liar around on this crisis. They don’t want the problem but they won’t stop it either…

    BTW….homeless aren’t all just lazy and on drugs, about half work full-time jobs and have families to feed. Most are legal American citizens too. The rents are too darn high, especially Sanctuary Cities.

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    She help to create her on problem and now blame it on President Trump Administration? Lujan Grisham plaintively pleading for assistance to deal with the “humanitarian crisis” is the same woman who confidently asserted in January after a visit to the border, “I haven’t seen anything to indicate that we have an emerging crisis here at the border.”

    Despite border apprehensions averaging at more than 60,000 a month at the time, the newly-elected governor announced in February plans to withdraw most of the 200 New Mexico National Guard troops already deployed to the border.

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    On Monday, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced via Twitter that due to the “ongoing humanitarian crisis at the southern border,” her state would be suing the Trump administration for “indiscriminately releasing migrants in communities in the state’s borderland area.”

    Filed in conjunction with the city of Albuquerque, the goal of the lawsuit is “to ensure that New Mexico border communities are not unfairly overburdened and that asylum-seeking individuals and families are not left without basic necessities.”