SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) - The Governor's decision to withdraw National Guard troops from New Mexico's southern border last week is now getting calls for her impeachment. A Ruidoso man has started a petition asking state lawmakers to begin the process to remove her from office.
As of Monday, over 19,000 people had signed it.
The petition on Change.org was created by John Daniel from Ruidoso. He's asking the state's House of Representatives, particularly with Rep. Zach Cook who represents his district, to begin the impeachment process.
The petition said, in part:
The President of the United States has authorized the use of force by deploying the national guard to the southern borders of New Mexico and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has deliberately and recklessly aided our enemies in illegal entry to the state after she decided to withdraw those national guard troops.
The Governor told KRQE News 13 last week that she removed those troops because there isn't a security crisis at the state's border.
"They could not make an effective case that having the national guard presence there has assisted them in any meaningful way with dealing with nefarious activity along the border which is what they do," said the Governor during a press conference last week.
In order for a Governor or Lt. Governor to be impeached, the House of Representatives would have to begin that process and all impeachments would be tried by the Senate with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presiding over it.
The petition is asking for 25,000 signatures. People have commented on the change.org website saying things like, "Removing National Guard Troops puts our citizens in danger."
KRQE News 13 reached out to the Governor's office but have not heard back.