For Immediate Release
February 6, 2019
Contact: Karina Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org
MFV Applauds Border Governor’s Leadership
New Mexico Gov. rejects Trump’s fear-based discourse and pulls National Guard
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered national guard Troops to be withdrawn from the border.
Mi Familia Vota issued the following statement:
Mi Familia Vota applauds the leadership displayed by Governor Lujan Grisham. President Trump has falsely portrayed a border in crisis causing both Democrats and Republicans to shift their focus to entertaining additional border defense measures for political objectives, even though the U.S.-Mexico border is already secure. We commend leadership rooted in data and facts and free of political pressures from either party leading her to remove national guard troops from the border, and employ these service men and women in needed areas. Lujan Grisham’s actions demonstrate that there is no border crisis and in doing so, she not only de-militarizes the area but de-escalates our misguided national discourse on border security.
National discourse must reflect reality and government must function to address our national needs. Mayor Lujan Grisham noted the President and his followers’ “charade of border fear mongering” with the candor required of our elected officials. It was wrong for President Trump to have used thousands of national guard troops for the sole purpose of providing political optics. It’s time for elected officials at the local, state, and federal level to lead boldly and strategically to do what is right for our communities. We must reject funding proposals and policies that unnecessarily militarize and surveil our communities.
As members of Congress convene to debate border appropriations, we remind our leaders that there is no national security crisis at the border. Mayors of the region consistently report that their communities are safe, and Governor Lujan Grisham, the only Latina governor, has taken bold action denoting the level of confidence she and the people of New Mexico have in this assessment.
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.