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Double-edged sword – immigrants and drugs – threatens Otero County

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin addresses the Albuquerque City Council on May 6 to express his opposition for the resolution to use $250,000 of city money to fund migrants passing through Albuquerque. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

As Chairman of the Otero County Board of Commissioners my heart is heavily burdened for my constituents as they struggle with the crisis on our nearby southern border. It is no accident that New Mexico is now the most dangerous state in the country for both property and violent crimes. Our border crisis has two related elements: narcotics and human impacts. They are two sharp edges of the same sword.

The human impact edge

New Mexico ranks last, or nearly last, in every measurement of life quality and we lead in every negative statistical category, including child hunger. Both drive home the cold hard fact that New Mexico’s government is not taking care of its own people. Our politicians will sacrifice our citizens to “virtue signal” their concern for (undocumented) aliens.

Recently in New Mexico, city and county governments have made outrageous commitments of our tax dollars to support illegal border crossers. Examples include: Las Cruces at $500k, Albuquerque at $250k and most recently Deming at $1 million! Deming made its contribution out of its meager $11 million general fund. Deming would be well-advised to take care of its own destitute people and desperately inadequate infrastructure.

Bernalillo County has also allocated taxpayer money to support (undocumented) border crossers. The hypocrisy of Bernalillo County’s decision is that the money was allocated out of their behavioral health fund while Albuquerque has the nation’s fifth highest suicide rate and the small town of Espanola is No. 7 in the nation in cities with the worst drug problem.

Recently I received some nasty pushback for a comment I made that allocating these monies is like “feeding pigeons in a parking lot.” I obviously do not compare “migrants to pigeons.” My comment was more in relevance to what the outcome is. If you begin feeding pigeons in a parking lot pretty soon you have every pigeon in town showing up at feeding time. The difference between pigeons and people is when you run out of pigeon feed the pigeons will eventually go away. When it comes to people, history tells us that desperate times bring about desperate measures. When New Mexico’s handouts stop, these people, who don’t know the language nor our laws, will be in our streets. They will be desperate and they will be demanding.

The narcotics edge

The narcotics edge of this two-edged blade is a sharper and more dangerous edge. The migrant crisis is a “smokescreen” that the cartel craftily navigates behind, using these poor people to exhaust our border patrol resources. Recent data collected by the Otero County Sheriff’s Department shows a huge uptick in drug seizures. For the month of February $3,500, March $23,000 and April $61,790!

Our secondary Border Patrol Security Checkpoints were closed on March 25 of this year due to a political assault led by U.S. Reps.(Xochitl Torres) Small, (Joaquin) Castro, (Jerry) Nadler and others. It was only a few days after a visit by this entourage to New Mexico that our Border Patrol checkpoints were shut down and their resources were reassigned from monitoring drug trafficking to processing border crossers.

The governor of New Mexico and New Mexico’s U.S. representatives are willing to sacrifice our state and country in an attempt to keep our president from having a political victory on border security. Our elected leaders were put there to represent the American people, not the refugees and not the drug cartels. New Mexico is a failing state by any measure, and as this sword slices and chops away at our border states it will eventually find the heart of America. When that sword is driven into the heart of America then maybe the American people will wake up. I hope it will be in time.

New Mexico needs the strong and decisive leadership of our president like no other time before. Our state leaders are failing the people. Our governor has recently responded to Otero County’s declaration of a state of emergency as not being a state problem but a federal problem. The president can give hope to the patriots of New Mexico and inspire our badly served citizens to get rid of our pathetic and incompetent public officials. If things don’t change,soon you won’t be able to tell New Mexico from Old Mexico.

Please, President Trump, listen to our call and come to New Mexico. We need you now more than ever before. …

My heart is heavily burdened for my constituents as they struggle with the crisis on our nearby southern border. It is no accident that New Mexico is now the most dangerous state in the country for both property and violent crimes. Our border crisis has two related elements: narcotics and human impacts. They are two sharp edges of the same sword.

Human impact

New Mexico ranks last, or nearly last, in every measurement of life quality, and we lead in every negative statistical category, including child hunger. Both drive home the cold hard fact that New Mexico’s government is not taking care of its own people. Our politicians will sacrifice our citizens to “virtue signal” their concern for illegal aliens.

Recently in New Mexico, city and county governments have made outrageous commitments of our tax dollars to support illegal border crossers. Examples include: Las Cruces at $500k, Albuquerque at $250k and most recently Deming at $1 million! Deming made its contribution out of its meager $11 million general fund. Deming would be well advised to take care of its own destitute people and desperately inadequate infrastructure.

Bernalillo County has also allocated taxpayer money to support illegal border crossers. The hypocrisy of Bernalillo County’s decision is that the money was allocated out of their behavioral health fund while Albuquerque has the nation’s fifth-highest suicide rate. And the small town of Española is No. 7 in the nation in cities with the worst drug problem.

Recently I received some nasty push-back for a comment I made that allocating these monies is like “feeding pigeons in a parking lot.” I obviously do not compare “migrants to pigeons.” My comment was more in relevance to what the outcome is. If you begin feeding pigeons in a parking lot, pretty soon you have every pigeon in town showing up at feeding time. The difference between pigeons and people is when you run out of pigeon feed the pigeons will eventually go away. When it comes to people, history tells us that desperate times bring about desperate measures. When New Mexico’s handouts stop, these people, who don’t know the language nor our laws, will be in our streets. They will be desperate, and they will be demanding.

Narcotics impact

The narcotics edge of this two- edged blade is a sharper and more dangerous edge. The migrant crisis is a “smokescreen” that the cartel craftily navigates behind, using these poor people to exhaust our Border Patrol resources. Recent data collected by the Otero County Sheriff’s Department shows a huge uptick in drug seizures. For the month of February $3,500, March $23,000 and April $61,790!

Our secondary Border Patrol security checkpoints were closed on March 25 of this year due to a political assault led by U.S. Reps. (Xochitl Torres) Small, (Joaquin) Castro, (Jerrold) Nadler and others. It was only a few days after a visit by this entourage to New Mexico that our Border Patrol checkpoints were shut down and their resources were re-assigned from monitoring drug trafficking to processing border crossers.

NM needs leaders

The governor of New Mexico and New Mexico’s U.S. representatives are willing to sacrifice our state and country in an attempt to keep our president from having a political victory on border security. Our elected leaders were put there to represent the American people, not the refugees and not the drug cartels. New Mexico is a failing state by any measure, and as this sword slices and chops away at our border states it will eventually find the heart of America. When that sword is driven into the heart of America, then maybe the American people will wake up. I hope it will be in time.

New Mexico needs the strong and decisive leadership of our president like no other time before. Our state leaders are failing the people. Our governor has recently responded to Otero County’s declaration of a state of emergency as not being a state problem but a federal problem. The president can give hope to the patriots of New Mexico and inspire our badly served citizens to get rid of our pathetic and incompetent public officials. If things don’t change, soon you won’t be able to tell New Mexico from Old Mexico.

(We need) President Trump (to) listen to our call and come to New Mexico. We need you now more than ever before. …

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