New Mexico not deploying National Guard to border

Updated: 07/21/2014 9:45 PM | Created: 07/21/2014 9:44 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says New Mexico isn't sending National Guard troops to the border to deal with an influx of children and families from Central America trying to enter the country illegally.

Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said Monday there's no immediate plan to deploy the National Guard to the border on a state mission. His comments came after Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced up to 1,000 troops would be sent to the Texas-Mexico border.

Knell said Martinez does believe there's a role for the National Guard in protecting the border.

He said the governor disagreed with federal decisions in 2008 and 2012 to stop funding programs that had National Guard troops supporting the Border Patrol with surveillance and other non-law enforcement duties to help deal with border violence.

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