New Mexico governor plans border visit, criticizes Trump

January 9, 2019
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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks at a press conference in Albuquerque, N.M. on Monday, Jan 7, 2019, after announcing appointments to agencies that oversee childhood wellbeing, environmental protection, state police and state personnel decisions. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she will visit her state’s southern border with Mexico amid a standoff between Donald Trump and Congress over the president’s promises for a border wall.

In a statement Tuesday evening, Lujan Grisham described Trump’s idea for a wall as outdated and ineffectual and called on the president to end the federal government shutdown. The governor announced plans to visit the state’s southern border on Friday for the first time since her inauguration on Jan. 1.

Lujan Grisham previously has indicated she will reconsider the state’s deployment of National Guard troops to the border by Republican predecessor Susana Martinez. The state sent about 180 troops.

Lujan Grisham says the shutdown is needlessly harming Native American communities and expressed concern for immigrant children.

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