Rep. McCamley: No New Mexico National Guard for Trump’s Deportations

Rep. McCamley: No New Mexico National Guard for Trump’s Deportations

Santa Fe, NM – Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Mesilla Park) has introduced HB 560 to prevent the New Mexico National Guard from performing federal immigration operations or from using their resources and funding for federal immigration operations.

“In New Mexico, we will not order our dedicated National Guard members, many of whom would be asked to deport their neighbors and possibly relatives, to participate in ripping families apart and terrorizing our immigrant communities,” said Rep. McCamley. “I hope and trust that our Governor would support this legislation that protects New Mexicans from the divisive and hateful policies of the current Presidential administration.”

According to a draft memo, the Trump Administration is considering an unprecedented use of the National Guard to round up undocumented immigrants. The New Mexico National Guard has a long history of responding to state missions ranging from natural disasters to civil unrest, including the 1980 prison riot. Currently, Governor Susana Martinez has the authority to decide if National Guard members can be used for deportation operations. House Democrats sent the Governor a letter earlier this week in response to reports of immigration raids in southern New Mexico, asking the Governor to assure New Mexicans that ICE operations would not occur at certain sensitive locations, to which the Governor has not officially responded.