SANTA FE, N.M. (Feb 12, 2019) – Last week, a House committee gave approval to a bill that would prohibit New Mexico from providing state land for construction of the border wall sought by President Trump.
Introduced by Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), House Bill 287 (HB287) states that “No real property owned or held in trust by the state shall be used, sold, leased, eased, transferred or otherwise disposed of for use as a site for the construction or the replacement of a new barrier ordered or sought by the federal government on the border of the state of New Mexico and the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora.”
Last week, the House State Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee gave the bill a “DO PASS” recommendation with a 4-3 vote.
The proposal would affect about 22 miles of state land along New Mexico’s border with the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora. Altogether, New Mexico shares about 160 miles of border with Mexico.
Earlier this month, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico.
“New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement.
HB287 now moves to the Judiciary committee, where it will need to pass by a majority vote before moving forward.