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New Mexico governor says she withdrew border troops because there was no 'real emergency'

New Mexico governor says she withdrew border troops because there was no 'real emergency'
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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamUtah increases coronavirus restrictions amid rising cases New Mexico to renew coronavirus restrictions, warning of more if cases continue to rise US coronavirus numbers rise, raising worries about winter MORE (D) said she made the decision to pull National Guard troops from the southern border because there is no “real emergency.”

Grisham’s comments Sunday during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” come as President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE seeks funding for his long-desired wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump earlier this month declared a national emergency in an attempt to secure funding.

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“As everyone ought to be doing, I was on the border, and I’m looking and assessing whether or not there’s a real emergency or a crisis, and there isn’t,” Grisham said Sunday. “And the reality is these troops need to be available when there is a serious issue or an emergency to deal with.”

Grisham ordered the troop withdrawal Feb. 5 after Trump ordered National Guard troops to the border to provide extra security.

The order pulled most of the 118 New Mexico National Guard troops stationed at the border, with some staying to provide humanitarian aid.

“I did place some National Guard, law enforcement and most importantly, health responders to an area where they’re forcing them to come across a really desolate area in the southern part of the state,” she said.

New Mexico is part of a group of 16 states that filed as lawsuit opposing Trump's use of a national emergency to build the border wall.