HOUSE MEMORIAL 20
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023
SUPPORTING THE COMPLETION OF A BORDER BARRIER ALONG THE NEW MEXICO AND MEXICO BORDER AND INCREASING PUBLIC SAFETY WHILE ENCOURAGING LEGAL IMMIGRATION OF THOSE SEEKING REFUGE IN THE UNITED STATES AS ASYLUM SEEKERS.
WHEREAS, the border along the United States and Mexico spans approximately one thousand nine hundred fifty-one miles, with the border along New Mexico and Mexico spanning approximately one hundred seventy-nine miles; and
WHEREAS, the border along New Mexico and Mexico lacks completed barricades on approximately fifty-one and three-tenths miles of the border; and
WHEREAS, the federal government has not adequately prioritized the protection of the southern border of New Mexico; and
WHEREAS, in recent years, border crossings have resulted in a humanitarian crisis and unnecessary human suffering; and
WHEREAS, fentanyl is primarily produced by Mexican drug cartels or smuggled by Chinese fentanyl producers through the Mexican border; and
WHEREAS, young minority children are being separated from their parents and trafficked into the United States; and
WHEREAS, New Mexico youth have been targeted by Mexican gangs and have become addicted to lethal doses of fentanyl and other drugs, creating a public health crisis; and
WHEREAS, a drug bust in Albuquerque involving Mexican fentanyl was the largest drug bust in New Mexico history;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the house of representatives be requested to support the completion of the border barrier along the border of New Mexico and Mexico; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the house of representatives be requested to support urgent congressional reform to federal immigration laws to encourage legal immigration of those who are seeking refuge in the United States as asylum seekers; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that initiatives to stop the trafficking of illegal drugs across the New Mexico border and to apprehend dangerous criminals be supported; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be transmitted to the president of the United States, the governor of New Mexico, members of New Mexico's congressional delegation, the commissioner of the United States customs and border protection, the secretary of the United States department of homeland security, the secretary of public safety and the brigadier general of the New Mexico national guard.
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