SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was traveling Friday to the U.S. border with Mexico to meet with members of the state's National Guard.
Lujan Grisham wanted to visit the border before making further decisions about National Guard deployments, according to governor's office spokesman Tripp Stelnicki.
The governor has expressed skepticism about President Trump's portrayal of immigration and border security situations amid the standoff over federal funding for a border wall.
That's a sharp shift in outlook from the preceding governor of New Mexico, Republican Susana Martinez, who deployed nearly 200 troops to the border in April and this week defended Trump's call for a border wall as part of a deal to end the partial government shutdown.
Lujan Grisham describes Trump's idea for a wall as outdated and ineffectual and has called on the president to end the shutdown. She also has emphasized humanitarian concerns about the treatment foreign women and children seeking asylum in the U.S., invoking the recent deaths in New Mexico of Guatemalan immigrant children Felipe Gomez Alonzo and Jakelin Caal while in U.S. custody.
Lujan Grisham's itinerary on Friday included stops at the border-side community of Sunland Park and the Santa Teresa port of entry to meet with officials with Customs and Border Protection and the New Mexico National Guard.
As a representative in Congress last year, Lujan Grisham used her position as chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to lambast the Trump administration's abandoned policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border.