New Mexico governor calls Trump deportation tweets ‘heinous’

June 20, 2019 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is vowing to protect children from potential human rights violations as President Trump threatens to deport millions of people living in the U.S. illegally.

At a news conference Wednesday, the Democratic governor accused U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of neglecting its responsibility to focus on specific immigrants with final deportation orders and failing pursue employers who flout immigration laws.

Trump on Monday tweeted that immigration authorities next week will begin the process of removing the millions of “illegal aliens.”


Lujan Grisham says federal immigrations authorities have been drawn into political activities. Lujan Grisham accused the president of heinous fearmongering and says children stayed home from school after his past deportation threats.

The first-term Democrat says due process violations affect all Americans, not just immigrants.