On Tuesday, LU reported that California Gov. Gavin Newsom pardoned seven felons slated for deportation in an act of defiance against Donald Trump. So far none of the freed ex-convicts has gone on to become a repeat offender, but the day is young: Give it time.
Meanwhile, another liberal state governor who displayed similar defiance earlier this year is reaping the windfall of her spiteful behavior. In February, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered a withdrawal of the majority of the National Guard troops the administration had sent to her state’s border with Mexico, stating, “New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops.”
So how’s that working out for her and the state of New Mexico? The Denver Post reports that Lujan Grisham’s office paid out $4,000 in taxpayer money for a bus to transport 55 Central American asylum seekers to Denver this past Sunday. The reason is that shelters in Las Cruces, N.M. have become overcrowded with migrants and asylum seekers since April 12.
But have more migrants than it can handle is just part of New Mexico’s problem since Lujan Grisham set out to expose Trump’s “charade of border fear-mongering.” In May, the New York Post reported:
Just two weeks after the governor’s reckless action, Otero County declared a state of emergency. Otero County Sheriff David Black said Monday that he saw some$60,000 in deadly drug shipments in April, up from $3,500 in January.
Black said he now has just 44 gun toters to oversee 6,628 square miles of lonely ranchland and pistachio orchards nestled among national parkland and Holloman Air Force Base.
The sudden increase in criminal activity was a result of two border patrol checkpoints having had to be shut down following Lujan Grisham’s National Guard withdrawal.