Sunday, August 14, 2005

New Mexico Governor Declares Border Emergency

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Friday declared an emergency in four New Mexico counties along the border. By declaring the emergency, $1.75 million in funds are now available to spend on drug smuggling, border crimes & re-fencing a livestock yard which has seen cattle stolen or killed. The livestock yard is also open to stray Mexican cattle & illegal aliens. A field office for the state Homeland Security Office will also be provided.

Richardson's declaration said law enforcement officials have used all available resources to help with border security. But those efforts haven't alleviated the situation, which he said ''constitutes an emergency condition with potentially catastrophic consequences.''

''Recent developments have convinced me this action is necessary - including violence directed at law enforcement, damage to property and livestock, increased evidence of drug smuggling and an increase in the number of undocumented immigrants,'' he said.

There was also concern about Mexican cattle in the USA. ''We don't want contagious diseases to contaminate our food supply and disrupt our agricultural economy,'' Richardson said in a statement before his trip.

The announcement by Richardson, a Democrat, is a pleasant surprise. He may be serious about his actions or he may be posturing for a 2008 presidential or vice-presidential bid. We don't care if he is looking to get a Boy Scout merit badge out of this. The fact that a state official has taken some action to help secure our borders is commendable. More & more state & local officals are stepping up to do something about our insecure borders & the illegal alien invasion.

The Federal government has shirked its responsibilities in these areas. Congress & the President continue to do nothing to secure our borders & stem the flood of illegals.


Blogger Mark said...

That makes me wonder about something. Can a state Governor declare emergencies about anything at anytime, or does his declaration need to be approved by someone, a board or a committee or the president? Seems to me that if a governor is corrupt, he could concievably steal a state blind if left unchecked. I'm not saying this would happen in this case but I'm just wondering.

8/14/2005 9:36 AM  

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