New Mexico withdraws National Guard troops from southern border

Most of the New Mexico National Guard troops will be called back from the state’s southern border. Signing the order on Tuesday Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) asked governors of Wisconsin, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Kansas and Arkansas too.

The troops were ordered by President Trump last year in October to support the US Customs and Border Protection, which is a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Rejecting the federal contention of national security crisis at the southern border the governor added some of the troops will remain deployed to provide humanitarian and assistance for migrants and asylum-seekers.

A senior Democratic aide said the withdrawal is strategic and order is signed at the correct time to send a direct message to the president.

The order comes few hours before the president slated to deliver his State of the Union address.

A total of 118 troops were deployed on the southern border.

According to Lujan Grisham’s office the state National Guard leadership would assess whether presence of the troops is required in Hidalgo County and other places in southwestern New Mexico.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon announced Sunday to be sending 3,750 additional troops on the US-Mexico border for the construction of wire fence barrier.

Paul Linus