The Albuquerque Journal is out with an editorial knocking Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for "pulling an election year stunt" with immigration and border security policy and proclaiming that she pulled a "180-degree change"from "when she removed National Guard troops serving on the border."

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What does fighting wildfires have to do with immigrants?

Albuquerque Journal
Editorial Board
June 22, 2022

https://www.abqjournal.com/?p=2510251

We're puzzled Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is using the wildfires raging across New Mexico as the reason for telling the federal government our state lacks the resources to accept immigrants crowded at the southern border.

 What state resources, exactly?

Traditionally, multiple non-government organizations have provided direct assistance to undocumented immigrants in New Mexico.

That's a 180-degree change from 2019 when, as she removed most of the 118 National Guard troops serving on the border in support roles to Border Patrol agents...

 A cynic might conclude the Democratic governor is suddenly shunning immigrants because it's an election year and she's in a tight race with a well-known Republican with a strong stance on border security. Her opponent, Republican Mark Ronchetti, describes the governor's rebuff as an "election year stunt."

Quite simply, the governor needs to better explain her position or run the risk of fueling the perception her letter regarding migrant transfers is, in fact, "an election year stunt."

Read the full editorial here.

Will Reinert

Regional Press Secretary | Republican Governors Association

wreinert@rga.org | 256-996-3581 | @willreinert

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