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August 12, 2005


State of New Mexico

Office of the Governor - News Release

Bill Richardson, Governor

For Immediate Release

Contact: Pahl Shipley 505-476-2202 or [email protected]


Columbus, New Mexico - Governor Bill Richardson today issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency along the New Mexico-Mexico border, specifically in Dona Ana, Luna, Grant, and Hidalgo counties. The Governor made the announcement following a helicopter and ground tour of the border near Columbus, New Mexico.

“As Governor I have a responsibility to protect our citizens, property, and communities,” said Governor Richardson. “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.”

Governor Richardson’s declaration makes $750,000 in state emergency funding immediately available to the affected counties. The Governor pledged an additional $1 million in assistance for the area. The funds will be used to support state and local law enforcement efforts, create and fund a field office for the New Mexico Office of Homeland Security to coordinate assistance to the area, and help build a fence to protect a livestock yard near Columbus, along a favorite path for illegal immigration where a number of livestock have been stolen and killed.

The Governor also called on Mexico to bulldoze the abandoned town of Las Chepas, which is directly over the border from Columbus. Las Chepas is a notorious staging and resting area for those who smuggle drugs and immigrants into the United States.

“I'm taking these serious steps because of the urgency of the situation and, unfortunately, because of the total inaction and lack of resources from the federal government and Congress,” added the Governor. “We will continue to work with the federal government in an attempt to get their assistance, but something had to be done immediately. I want the people of Dona Ana, Luna, Hidalgo, and Grant counties to know my administration is doing everything it can to protect them.”

The Governor also directed the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to work with the New Mexico Livestock Board to assess the security and safety of livestock in this border region.

Governor Richardson also received support today from the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The Chihuahua Secretary of Industrial Development, Alejandro Cano, says Chihuahua will fully support the Governor in dealing with the situation along the border.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2005-040


DECLARING A DISASTER IN HIDALGO, LUNA, DONA ANA, AND GRANT COUNTIES DUE TO BORDER SECURITY CONCERNS

WHEREAS, the Southern border of New Mexico has been devastated by the ravages and terror of human smuggling, drug smuggling, kidnapping, murder, destruction of property and the death of livestock;

WHEREAS, the border separating the State of New Mexico and the Country of Mexico is in an extreme state of disrepair and is inadequately funded or safeguarded to protect the lives and property of New Mexican citizens;

WHEREAS, State and local law enforcement officials have utilized all available resources to combat border security concerns, but these efforts have not alleviated this emergency or prevented the loss of life or destruction of property;

WHEREAS, this situation constitutes an emergency condition with potentially catastrophic consequences.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bill Richardson, Governor of the State of New Mexico, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of New Mexico do hereby declare an emergency condition exists in the counties of Hidalgo, Luna, Dona Ana, and Grant due to a lack of security on New Mexico's Southern border with the Country of Mexico.

I FURTHER DIRECT the Department of Finance and Administration to provide emergency financial resources in the amount of $750,000 to the Department of Public Safety, under the direction of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and the Governor's authorized representative. The Department of Public Safety is directed to coordinate all requests for assistance and responses to such requests under the authority of and as determined by the Governor or his Authorized Representative pursuant to and in accordance with Sections 6-7-1 through 6-7-3 NMSA 1978.

I FURTHER DIRECT all Cabinet Departments and agencies of the State of New Mexico to provide any assistance that may be requested by the Department of Public Safety or the Governor's Office of Homeland Security subject to approval by the Governor’s Authorized Representative.

THIS ORDER supersedes any other previous orders, proclamations, or directives in conflict. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until such time as the Governor rescinds it.


ATTEST:

DONE AT THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE THIS 12TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2005

WITNESS MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO

REBECCA VIGIL-GIRON

SECRETARY OF STATE

BILL RICHARDSON

GOVERNOR
 

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Too bad the Bush Bunch hasn't paid more attention to our southern border. The Border Patrol has been understaffed for years. You'd think that after 9-11, the Administration would be more concerned about illegals coming across our borders. But, silly me, that might cause some stress among Bush's business buddies. Can't have that.
 
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Too bad the Bush Bunch hasn't paid more attention to our southern border. The Border Patrol has been understaffed for years. You'd think that after 9-11, the Administration would be more concerned about illegals coming across our borders. But, silly me, that might cause some stress among Bush's business buddies. Can't have that.

Altho its seldom-On this point I totally agree with you disagreeable....
 
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Where is our federal government? :? Isn't it the duty of our federal government to protect our borders from outside invasion? :? Instead states are having to use their Disaster funds that normally go to fighting fires and natural disasters :? :???: :cry: :mad:


Mexico pledges cooperation after Napolitano action
State of emergency draws Fox vow

Chris Hawley
Republic Mexico City Bureau
Aug. 17, 2005 12:00 AM

MEXICO CITY - Mexican officials reacted coolly Tuesday to Arizona's new state of emergency along the U.S. border, saying they are doing their best to increase security and fight drug crime on their side.

"My call to the United States, whether it be state governments or the government of President Bush, is that we make proposals instead of making statements, that instead of each working separately that we work together," President Vicente Fox said during a visit to Hermosillo, 150 miles south of Arizona.

On Monday, Gov. Janet Napolitano declared a state of emergency along Arizona's border with Mexico because of booming illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

The declaration released $1.5 million of a $4 million fund normally reserved for fighting wildfires and other natural disasters.

Fox administration officials contacted Napolitano on Tuesday to pledge their cooperation on security issues, Mexico's foreign ministry said in a written statement.

Marco Lopez, the executive director for the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Napolitano's Mexico adviser, said Napolitano had called Sonora Gov. Eduardo Bours on Monday to let him know she was declaring a state of emergency in southern Arizona to free up state money for border communities. Bours reacted positively, and in return informed her that he plans to announce several initiatives on Friday to crack down on illegal immigration through Sonora headed for Arizona, Lopez said.

He said the two governors are intent on promoting economic development between Arizona and Sonora and "to do that people need to feel safe."

The Mexican response to Napolitano's announcement was more subdued than on Saturday, when the Fox administration criticized a similar emergency declaration the day before by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

Richardson had called the situation along the border "chaotic," and the Mexico foreign ministry had accused him of making "generalizations that do not correspond to the spirit of cooperation and understanding that are required to attend to problems of common interest on the border."
 

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OT wrote:
Where is our federal government? Confused Isn't it the duty of our federal government to protect our borders from outside invasion? Confused Instead states are having to use their Disaster funds that normally go to fighting fires and natural disasters Confused Say what? Crying or Very sad Mad

OK OT, which side of the fence are you on? :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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