Gov. Lujan Grisham tours border; says wall is not the solution

New Mexico

It’s the reason the government has been shut down: safety at the border. Is it a crisis? 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has spent the day at the border and says she doesn’t see a crisis. 

While she says she needs more data to decide on a plan, she says a wall is not it. 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham there is not enough data to make big decisions about border security, especially when it comes to investing in the border’s infrastructure and personnel. 

“So what I really want in terms of national border security is the all-of-the-above strategy to be clear that those investments are making a difference and we are utilizing those appropriately, and I’m not certain of that right at this minute,” she said. 

The governor met with Border Patrol agents and National Guard units at New Mexico’s southern border. 

After the tours, she says she doesn’t believe there is a national security threat to our borders, which opposes what President Trump is claiming. 

“I would love to see New Mexico lead by example that we expect both things to occur: we meet our constitutional obligation and we will make every effort to secure the border that protects not only New Mexicans, but the entire country,” Lujan Grisham said. 

She says she doesn’t believe one singular wall, like President Trump is proposing is the only option for border security. 

She says she wants to look at other options like technology and get more data before making any big changes to New Mexico’s border. 

The governor also wants to see how much the increase at the border of National Guard troops has effected illegal crossings and drug seizures in the past three years. 

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