Sanctuary City Sues Trump Administration Over Arrival Of Too Many Immigrants

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the federal lawsuit on Monday.

Albuquerque, NM – The State of New Mexico and the sanctuary city of Albuquerque have filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for releasing too many immigrants into the state’s border cities.

The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on Monday, alleged that President Trump’s administration has enacted an “indiscriminate practice of releasing migrants in communities,” in violation of the federal “safe release” policy, KVIA reported.

The federal “safe release” policy was canceled in October of 2018 due to the massive wave of immigrants who flooded over the U.S. southern border from Central America.

That policy provided those seeking asylum with assistance in getting to their final destinations while they were waiting for their claims to be processed, KVIA reported.

“[The] sudden and unlawful abandonment of this policy was done without notice or opportunity for input by affected jurisdictions,” the lawsuit alleged.

The sanctuary city and the State of New Mexico has also demanded to be reimbursed for the funds it has shelled out to temporarily shelter immigrants.

The lawsuit alleges that the financial burden was caused by the federal government’s "derogation of duty to administer this country's immigration system and claims of asylum,” KVIA reported.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham further complained that the government’s “quick release” policy is “leaving vulnerable individuals and families without assistance and burdening local governments as well as nonprofit organizations."

In February, Grisham scoffed at the predicted influx of immigrants at the state’s southern border, calling the matter a “charade,” and withdrew National Guard troops from border locations, according to The Los Alamos Monitor.

The sanctuary city of Albuquerque currently receives between 150 and 250 immigrants every week, KVIA reported.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller alleged that the federal government “abandoned the border states” by eliminating the “safe release” policy, according to KRQE.

"Local faith-based organizations and volunteers have been left to clean up the federal administration's immigration mess," Keller railed to The Los Alamos Monitor.

Las Cruces has received approximately 9,000 immigrants since April, and another 4,700 have landed in the small town of Deming, KVIA reported.

"The Trump administration has consistently and flagrantly failed in its response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at our southern border as well as in addressing legitimate border security concerns," Grisham complained on Monday.

"The president has shown time and again he is interested only in demonizing the vulnerable people who arrive at our border, stoking unfounded fears about national security while taking no action to substantively and proactively protect immigrants and our southern border communities from human- and drug-trafficking,” she added.

State lawmakers’ attempts to make New Mexico a sanctuary state failed earlier this year, The Los Alamos Monitor reported.

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HalM
HalM

Well,.... these cities are the ones that declared themselves into be "Sanctuary Cities " , so they should have been prepared for something like this to happen. And the governor has made some very questionable decisions on this, and other subjects. Including trying to make the state a sanctuary entirely, which, fortunately failed. Is it Fair that our border patrol personnel are overridden with the burden of having to catch, account, and find places to disburse all these people that ha e flooded the border? NO. Is it fair that the governor pulled guard troops from the border, leaving CBP personnel to handle everything on their own?? HELL NO.
If anything, the governor needs to 'suck-it-up' and take steps to 'aid' these peoeple, In Place, until the courts can decide if these people Have a right to asylum, then divert them to Where to they can call home and start a life.
So Quit Crying, and do your part. Help resolve this by Working With the current administration and find a solution that is equitable for Everyone. One that is Not Party Related!!

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Hey lady, be careful what you wish for. Air head 🙄

K-9 319
K-9 319

Reimbursed ? You were the ones who stated you were a sanctuary city. Maybe you should have thought this over a little before you opened your mouth and put your foot in it.

Destiany
Destiany

You wanted to be a sanctuary city in a sanctuary state, why were you not prepared? You went against the Government, against the American people, so now it's your problem to fix not Governments or ours. Good Luck.

Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

I have never laughed so hard.....that's what you get!!

lynchmob561
lynchmob561

You can’t have it both ways!!! You wanted this, you got it!!

shalla667
shalla667

You wanted to let them in, you got them! President Trump gave them EXACTLY what they wanted, and if you can't handle it then maybe you need to reassess your policies. Just because a state or a city thinks illegals should be let in, doesn't mean the other states / cities have to take them. Karma

hofdj
hofdj

Really? Boo freaking Hoo! You wanted them, lobbied for them and now you have them. Perhaps you'll think twice about the wall. Oh and how about the Jihad camps in New Mexico. How is that working out for you?

GregoryThomas
GregoryThomas

Here is your cake...now EAT IT!

Castro1980
Castro1980

Collusion inatention and corruption widespread within running wild, " in all levels ", no hope being instilled! Lies lies no hope only hipe. We will survive, surly we are healing slowly w no AID. Crusadeforaid.org

Castro1980
Castro1980

Crusadeforaid.org

AuntB
AuntB

Unbelievable. They wanted them, now they got them and are complaining about that!!

Trefflek
Trefflek

Hahaha hahaha doesn’t get any better than this.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Liberalism is a mental disorder

Golobki
Golobki

Boo hoo Governor! Enjoy your border crisis "charade" Note that her concern is for the "vulnerable" illegals and not the citizens of NM.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Maybe try some olive oil or butter. Once that foot is inserted in her mouth its removal is not as easily accomplished. Just keep tugging and pulling.

trainbuff
trainbuff

Tough shit lady! You wanted them, deal with it!

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

There's going to be a lot of great Mexican restaurants opening up soon. Adios Taco Bell. Oh, and watch crime rise.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Your city "asked" to be one of sanctuary...and so...it is. May your enjoy your "blessings."

LEO0301
LEO0301

If politicians like this governor would stop trying to impede Trump every step of the way, maybe she wouldn't be faced with this crisis. Sorry, but I don't feel bad for you. Get on board the Trump train before it's too late.

No. 26-50
Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

I support dumping illegal migrants off in Safe Havens aka Sanctuary Cities ✌️ 👽🛸

Anomie88
Anomie88

Typical hypocrites, the liberals are.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Releasing these "immigrants" is a tempory measure pending the people showing up for their hearings on their asylum claims. What? The DHS Secretary says 90% of them are "no shows" for their hearings? Surprise, surprise!

Cnowell
Cnowell

OMG! seriously? Stop whining. You let them in!!

gallowayg
gallowayg

You ain't seen nothing yet! Just wait till the full effects take place on down the line.