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New Mexico’s Otero County declared a state of emergency Wednesday, demanding that the governor deploy the National Guard to re-open Customs and Border Protection (CBP) checkpoints.
The resolution was passed unanimously and emphasized the need for checkpoints, which were closed in March, to stop the passage of drugs and to halt illegal crossings at the border according to the Alamogordo Daily News.
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“Otero County will also consider litigation in regards to the State of New Mexico failing to follow its constitutional duties towards the people of Otero County,” Griffin added.
Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, return to Mexico after being hit by tear gas by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials after attempting to illegally cross the border wall into the United States in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Adrees Latif.
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However, Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office sent out a statement saying that “the National Guard does not and would not operate federal checkpoints,” according to the Alamogordo Daily News.
“If Otero County officials are unhappy that a federal checkpoint has been un-manned, so to speak, their concerns would have the best chance of being addressed if registered with the federal agency that made the decision...
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