The democratic representative was accompanying a 90-year-old woman to an appointment.
She wanted to stay incognito - to see first-hand how the office is handling requests. In the past, Lujan-Grisham has criticized the local Social Security Administration for not offering a drop-off zone at its new downtown location.
After an hour wait with the elderly woman, she said they got help but then got an alarming surprise.
“Two armed officers show up, tap me,” Lujan-Grisham said during an interview with KOAT-TV Friday. “They challenge me about my access, they challenge me about my right to be there.”
She said she told them like any citizen, she has a right to be there because it’s a public building, but they persisted.
“They ask me to leave where I am,” Lujan-Grisham said. “They want to escort me and have a conversation with me.”
After a few more minutes, Lujan-Grisham said the officers booted her from the building.“It was purposeful, it was deliberate,” Lujan-Grisham said.
She’s spent the last day trying to get an explanation from the Social Security Administration and from Federal Protective Services, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, with no luck.
No one from either agency returned phone calls and emails KOAT either on Friday. ...