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Gov. Lujan Grisham seeks federal reimbursement for assisting migrants

Gov. Lujan Grisham seeks federal reimbursement for assisting migrants

The Associated Press
May 21, 2019 04:48 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is traveling to Washington, D.C., to press for more federal resources to cope with an influx of asylum seekers at the U.S. border with Mexico.

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Lujan Grisham spokesman Tripp Stelnicki said the governor was departing Tuesday for a scheduled face-to-face meeting this week with acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

Stelnicki said the governor will advocate for federal reimbursements to local communities as they provide humanitarian relief to migrant families.

Lujan Grisham also wants to discuss the U.S. Border Patrol's withdrawal from interior checkpoints in southern New Mexico that has riled local residents.

The first-year Democratic governor also is seeking an introductory meeting with Energy Secretary Rick Perry regarding his oversight of nuclear waste storage facilities and federal weapons laboratories in New Mexico.

The governor's trip includes partisan fundraising activities.

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Gov. Lujan Grisham says the state is creating a grant program to reimburse local government agencies that provide humanitarian aid to migrants seeking asylum in the U.S.
    
She announced the grant application process in a letter to Republican lawmakers who have criticized her response to an influx of migrants.

Lujan Grisham says it's her role to arrange support for aid groups while she seeks assistance from the federal government.

Municipalities including Las Cruces and Deming say they are struggling to keep up with the needs of immigrants seeking temporary shelter and necessities. The U.S. Border Patrol is dropping off hundreds of asylum seekers daily in southern New Mexico.

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