“I want residents in
Governor Richardson ordered New Mexico National Guard Major General Kenny Montoya to send guardsmen to the border area. The guardsmen will work with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, which his coordinating the law enforcement presence along the border.
Governor Richardson is also urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense to increase the federal law enforcement presence at the border and make that presence permanent.
On Tuesday, the Governor announced an increase in patrols by the New Mexico State Police and local sheriff’s departments at the border while police in
New Mexico Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary John Wheeler is coordinating the state’s law enforcement response to the shooting, including intelligence gathering and sharing with all law enforcement.
Governor Richardson in 2005 declared a State of
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson