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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

New Mexico governor worried about potential migrant influx

ALBUQUERQUE, NM ( Associated Press) — New Mexico’s Democratic governor is asking whether the Biden administration delays planned or expanded efforts to transport migrants to their state if pandemic-related restrictions on asylum seekers are lifted.

The federal government predicted that if it did, there would be a threefold increase in border crossings, and first-time government-former Michelle Lujan Grisham said Tuesday that the influx of migrants would dramatically affect the border state’s ability to cross the border. Due to which thousands of residents of New Mexico could be displaced. Historic wildfires this spring.

He outlined his concerns in a letter sent to Homeland Security Secretary Alejando Meyercas.

The governor is among Democrats who would be forced to defend an already tough midterm election year if illegal border crossings were to increase.

Lujan Grisham told Mayorkas that border issues and the flaws in the immigration system needed to be addressed and that public safety and health were paramount. He said he does not believe the department can adequately address concerns if the existing limits on migrant entry are removed.

“New Mexico (and other border states) will bear the brunt of the adverse economic and social impacts likely to result from an influx of migrants without additional planning on the part of the federal government,” wrote Lujan Grisham. “I can’t allow that.”

The governor recently visited Washington to talk with top officials about the wildfire recovery, as the largest fires burning in the U.S. four more dry wildernesses in northern New Mexico.

The massive fire was the result of planned burnings by the federal government to clear vegetation and reduce the risk of devastating wildfires. With the flames escaped, thousands of residents were forced to flee and rural communities now face flooding and other problems after the fires.

Lujan Grisham said New Mexico’s resources are already taxed by wildfire emergencies And it “cannot bear the additional burden that the federal government may have come under.”

Last month a federal judge blocked the Biden administration’s plan to lift migrant restrictionsOrdering that they remain during a trial led by Arizona and Louisiana — and now joined by 22 other states — plays out in court.

Migrants have been expelled more than 1.9 million times since March 2020 under Title 42, a public health provision that prevents them from requesting asylum under US law and international treaty based on preventing the spread of COVID-19. denies.

In addition to ruling that the Biden administration failed to follow time-needing administrative procedures for gathering public notice and public comment, the judge cited predictions that ending the restrictions would increase border crossings to 18,000 per day. The judge said this would result in more migrants being processed in mass settings where infectious disease could spread.

The New Mexico governor’s office did not say how many migrants the state could expect if the restrictions were lifted.

Lujan Grisham has been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, and Republicans in New Mexico have repeatedly criticized him for what he considers a lax stance when it comes to border security.

The issue is expected to be part of the debate ahead of November’s election, when Lujan Grisham will face GOP challenger Mark Ronchetti.,

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