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Richardson orders National Guard to the border
Governor Bill Richardson on Wednesday ordered New Mexico National Guard members to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border in response to a killing of an Arizona rancher last weekend. The move comes a day after Richardson announced that he ordered more law enforcement to the border area.
“I want residents in Southern New Mexico to know we are taking this border violence very seriously by adding a National Guard presence along with state, local and federal law enforcement patrols along the border,” Richardson said in a statement.
It is unknown how many guardsmen will be sent to the border at this time but a number may be available when the guardsmen are in place at the border.
The guardsmen will work with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, which is coordinating the law enforcement presence along the border.
Arizona rancher Robert Krentz was killed this weekend and some believe it was at the hands of an illegal immigrant.
In 2005, Richardson declared a state of emergency in border areas to provide more law enforcement funding for the border area in New Mexico. In 2006, President George W. Bush ordered national guard troops to the border to stem the flow of immigrants flowing into the United States from the U.S.-Mexico border.
Though Richardson was initially critical of using the National Guard to patrol the border, he has since changed his mind.