Words: Richardson feels that a border fence is “a horrendous example of misguided policy”. He advocates increased border patrols and better technology. He believes “human services” should be available to illegal aliens and that there should be a path to citizenship if illegals pay taxes and learn English. He argues that no solution should divide families.
Actions: As governor, Richardson declared a state of emergency on the New Mexico border to ensure that law enforcement officers received the resources they need. He made state funds immediately available to assist efforts in policing the border and allowed national guard to be deployed.