By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Related Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham visited southern New Mexico on Friday to speak with fellow elected Democratic leaders and enterprise teams about financial improvement and to tour a navy base close to the U.S.-Mexico border the place Afghan refugees are being housed.
The Democrat’s go to was not made public till late within the afternoon. Her workplace mentioned she walked via the processing space at Fort Bliss Military base, spoke with volunteers in regards to the want for winter coats and different gadgets for these on the facility and noticed how the refugees have been screened for COVID-19.
“Each time the federal authorities tells us they want our assist, New Mexico is able to assist these households on their manner,” Lujan Grisham mentioned in a press release after the tour.
There was no indication that Lujan Grisham visited the U.S.-Mexico border whereas within the space. She has confronted criticism in latest months for not doing extra to handle the considerations of residents alongside the border amid the most recent inflow of immigrants.
Republicans in New Mexico have been upset earlier this week that she wasn’t among the many greater than two dozen governors who signed a letter to President Joe Biden in search of a gathering in regards to the issues that border states are dealing with.
Lujan Grisham, chair of the Democratic Governors Affiliation and a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump’s immigration insurance policies, has mentioned that these with considerations ought to direct them to the federal companies engaged on the problem.
Republican state Sen. Crystal Diamond mentioned she and others had been asking for months that the governor go to with ranchers and others within the area. She mentioned these pleas have been ignored.
“She’s not on the market listening to the wants of constituents,” Diamond mentioned. “So proper now we do not want candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham on the border, we want Gov. Grisham on the border who will act in her capability as governor to offer us assist.”
Diamond famous that lawmakers held their legislative session earlier this 12 months in a closed capitol with a fence across the constructing whereas the border remained open and immigrants arrived within the U.S. amid the pandemic. She mentioned the well being and security of New Mexicans needs to be entrance and heart.
“Border safety is not a partisan difficulty, however she has continued to make it so,” Diamond mentioned of the governor.
The governor’s go to to southern New Mexico was billed by her workplace as a method session with enterprise leaders and elected officers to speak about their considerations and the way her administration can meet neighborhood wants. Conferences have been held within the border neighborhood of Santa Teresa and close by Las Cruces.
Lujan Grisham’s administration has constructed on the work of former Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to develop cross-border commerce and entice extra companies to the world. In accordance with the state, a number of Taiwanese companies have introduced plans within the final two years to develop manufacturing area in Santa Teresa and create a North American footprint.
The state since 2019 has directed greater than $10 million in native financial improvement funds to Doña Ana County companies, leading to over 1,000 jobs. About $11 million in state job coaching funds have supported greater than 2,500 jobs.
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