Gubernatorial candidates speak on National Guard Troops at the border

New Mexico

Both the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor have issued statements regarding the National Guard Troops at the border.

Democratic candidate Michelle Lujan-Grisham is calling on the sitting governor to pull National Guard Troops from the border.

According to her statement, Lujan-Grisham says using taxpayer dollars to support an administration that is tearing children from their parents is sickening.

She also adds that troops could be of better service by helping fight fires and save homes.

A spokesman for the New Mexico National Guard tells The Santa Fe New Mexican, more than 60 soldiers are currently at the border.

The spokesperson says while troops don’t detain or arrest people, it helps free up border patrol agents who do.

Several other governors recently announced they were pulling troops from the border.

Lujan-Grisham’s opponent in the race for governor, Steve Pearce responded to her comments.

His statement reads,”The last three administrations have deployed the National Guard to the border to supplement the work of the Border Patrol. This proves that our strategy to secure the border and our immigration system are beyond repair. Congress must act today to make the changes we need to fix what is badly broken.”

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