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N.M. Governor Pulls National Guard From Border, Citing A 'Charade' At Federal Level

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said on Tuesday that President Trump's
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said on Tuesday that President Trump's "border fear-mongering" had misused National Guard troops in her state. The governor is seen here in a photo from Monday.
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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered the majority of National Guard troops deployed at her state's Southern border to withdraw, condemning what she called a "charade of border fear-mongering" by President Trump, who has warned of an immigration emergency in the region.

"I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the Southern border," Lujan Grisham said, adding that the area has "some of the safest communities in the country."

The governor's order covers most of New Mexico's deployed troops, along with Guard members who have traveled from Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Wisconsin. In all, 118 National Guard troops have been deployed in New Mexico, the governor's office said.

Lujan Grisham ordered the withdrawal just before Trum