The State of the Union last night was essentially a circus that doesn’t really matter anyway, as mostly only Trump’s die hard base watched the entire thing. It was just a speech and now Wednesday morning, we are back to reality, including Donald Trump.
He’s got quite a problem facing him this morning, because governor of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico. This is a reversal of her Republican predecessor’s deployment of New Mexico’s National Guard to the border in April 2018 at Trump’s suggestion. She has been undoing much of the damage her Republican predecessor did.
Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham is signing 42 bills today that the Legislature passed in some form during previous years but which her predecessor, Gov Susana Martinez, vetoed #nmpol #nmleg pic.twitter.com/AuYOIfymBp
— Andrew Oxford (@andrewboxford) February 4, 2019
“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. This is a serious problem for Trump’s plans to declare a National Emergency at the border, because if there was a real emergency, why is a major border state recalling all its troops?
Governor Lujan Grisham’s decision is based on facts, as she traveled last month to New Mexico’s southern border and received briefings from the National Guard and Customs and Border Protection. She said that she wanted to see the situation for herself and now after doing so, she has determine that it’s not a real crisis. This in and of itself can be used to seek an injunction from the courts to stop Trump’s national emergency to build a wall, if he chooses to do that.
The Pentagon announced Sunday it would send 3,750 more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to put up barbed wire and provide support for Customs and Border Protection, increasing the total number to 4,350. But U.S. troops are not authorized to take part in immigration control, which is why Trump needed border states to send their National Guard to the border.
Governor Grisham may have defeated Trump’s wall all on her own. Her pulling of the National Guard is a direct contradiction of Trump’s narrative and strong evidence against there being a national emergency.