Over the last 12 years, the USDA has settled landmark loan discrimination cases brought by black and Native American farmers. Now they’re offering $1.3 billion to Hispanic and women farmers to resolve discrimination that took place between 1981 and 2000. Yet many ranchers in the Southwest say it’s an unfair process that doesn’t go far enough to address past discrimination.
The "deferred action" plan enacted in June by the Obama administration offers certain undocumented young people two years of legal status to study or work. Undocumented students in New Mexico already have access to college. But many face difficult choices once they leave school.
It’s 8:30 a.m. and high school students are gathering at the entrance to South Valley Academy charter school in Albuquerque.
Students crossing campus switch between Spanish and English and a group of boys plays soccer on the basketball court.