New Mexico Governor Lujan Pulled National Guard From Border and Drug Shipments Increase 1700%
In act of what she called “resistance” against President Trump, New Mexico’s Democrat governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham withdrew the majority of the state’s National Guard from the border last February. Now crime and drug shipments are thriving. Officials are afraid that it will only get worse!
“New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement in February.
The Governor’s action has left the border checkpoints significantly unmanned. Lujan also directed 25 troops from other states — Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Wisconsin — to withdraw from the New Mexico border.
Otero County Sheriff David told The New York Post that his deputies seized $60,000 worth of illicit drugs in April. That is an 1700% increase from the $3,500 seized in January before Lujan opened her borders.
That is just one county.
“I’ve had to redeploy my guys,” said Black adding, “We have always relied heavily on those border patrol checkpoints.”
This is a complete disaster, not only for New Mexico, but the rest of the nation as the dangerous drugs spread across the country.
Drug cartels alone are making anywhere between $19 billion and $29 billion every year by using the flood of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central American countries as a cover.
The NYP expands:
Since last October, Border Protection agents have discovered 7 tons of marijuana and nearly half a ton of methamphetamine in the area, according to CBP statistics.
The unmanned checkpoints are also a headache for Kyle Williamson, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s special agent in charge of the El Paso Division, which includes all of New Mexico and west Texas. His office monitors 770 miles of the US-Mexico border and 11 international ports of entry.
“We’ve lost our second line of enforcement,” said Williamson, 52, a 30-year DEA veteran who did stints in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
For Williamson, the chaotic situation at the border with Mexico is helping drug traffickers smuggle their illicit cargo north.
“Are cartels capitalizing on the confusion at the border? Yes, they are!” Williamson told The Post. “They are using it as a cover to move drugs, which are coming through legal ports of entry. If your drugs are coming through legal ports of entry, you need lines of defense.”
Williamson said his team recently seized 44 pounds of fentanyl — “enough to wipe out all of New Mexico, Texas and the entire state of Chihuahua.”
Most of the drugs are being trafficked by a gang known as Barrio Aztecas, the enforcement arm of the Juarez Cartel, according to the agent.
“They are an incredibly violent gang,” he said, adding that they number between 2,000 and 2,200 members.
In Otero county, Couy Griffin, chairman of the County’s Board of Commissioners, who spearheaded a move to declare a state of emergency last month, stated that the situation is dire.
“Unfortunately, we have a governor who is so interested in politics that she has lost touch with the people of this county,” Griffin told The Post. “We have a governor who continues to claim that there is no crisis at the border.”
To make matters worse, The flood of illegals is too much for New Mexico to handle so now Lujan is busing the illegals to Denver.
Via The Denver Post:
The New Mexico governor’s office paid about $4,000 for a bus to transport 55 Central American asylum seekers to Denver early Sunday morning in an arrangement negotiated between nonprofits in both communities, a spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday.
The office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham coordinated with Annunciation House, a nonprofit that works with migrants along the El Paso, Texas/Juarez, Mexico border, to send the asylum seekers to Denver.
Since Lujan opened her borders, many Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, have had to admit that the crisis at the border is serious and that it is not ‘manufactured’ as Lujan stated and was the leftist talking point at the time.
The obstructionist strategy of the Democrats pretending that the crisis on the southern border does not exist has officially failed.
According to a new Harvard Harris Poll, about two out of three adults say they do not support releasing undocumented migrants into the United States while they wait for asylum. Moreover, 68 percent agree that these border crossers should be sent back to Mexico, which the administration has already been doing.