Local News
4:49 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama's Immigration Action Invigorates Advocates

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Immigrant rights advocates gathered in downtown Albuquerque today to express support for President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

UNM student Karina Burciaga told a crowd of about one hundred that the President’s action will affect her personally.

“This victory gives us the energy and the hope to continue to organize," she said, "until all of our families are free from the fear of deportation, the tension and family separation.”

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Local News
9:21 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Obama Action Doesn't Include Parents Of Dreamers

Students at UNM who have been demanding President Obama reform immigration watched him address the matter on television.
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A group of university students who have been petitioning for immigration reform gathered to watch President Obama’s televised address as he announced an executive action that will protect nearly 5 million people from being deported. 

The group, mostly made up of students who call themselves the UNM Dream Team, listened intently as President Obama touted that most immigrants are a net plus to the nation's economy and society.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:39 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Voices Behind The Vote: Who's Talking About Immigrants Held In Artesia?

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KUNM public health reporter Ed Williams spoke with Santa Fe resident Allegra Love, a former public school teacher who now works as a lawyer for ADELANTE, a Santa Fe Public Schools program that provides help for families experiencing homelessness.

Love is also an immigration attorney. Since this summer she’s been working on asylum cases for refugees held in the federal immigrant detention center in Artesia. 

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Public Health New Mexico
5:17 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

LISTEN: Public Health In New Mexico And Election 2014

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/23 8a: What public health issues are New Mexico candidates talking about in their campaigns? What are politicians and elected officials not talking about? We'll have an in depth discussion with KUNM's Public Health New Mexico reporting team - Ed Williams and Marisa Demarco.

Post your comments below and check out the project site

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Local News
6:51 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Artesia City Councilor To Discuss Detention Center

A letter written by one of the people being held in ICE custody in Artesia, NM.
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A city councilor in southeastern New Mexico where 500 Central American immigrants are being detained is set to join a forum on the center's conditions.

Officials say Artesia City Councilor Jose Luis Aguilar is set to participate in a forum Sunday in Albuquerque that will also address how the immigrants are struggling to obtain legal representation.

Leticia Zamarripa, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says since the Artesia detention center opened in June, more than 300 immigrants have been processed and deported from facility.

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Public Health New Mexico
7:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Immigrant Detention Center Not Approved By State For Childcare

Women and their children line up at the Artesia immigrant detention center, as protesters gathered outside the facility
Credit Ed Williams-KUNM

As Immigration lawyers prepare to battle the federal government over possible due process violations against immigrant women and children detained in Artesia, records obtained by KUNM raise another legal question about the facility—whether the detention center is in compliance with state child welfare laws.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:57 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

New Mexico Lawyers Decry Expedited Deportations

Nogales border wall.
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Some New Mexico immigration lawyers are speaking out in opposition to the Obama administration’s proposal to expedite deportation proceedings for Central American women and children, some of whom are being detained in Artesia in southern New Mexico.  

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Public Health New Mexico
5:48 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Immigrants Tell Advocates They Lack Access To Medical Care, Legal Services In Artesia

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Members of a legal working group who visited the federal immigrant detention center in Artesia  say some of the women and young children housed there are reporting a lack of access to medical care and legal counsel. Tannia Esparza, executive director of the advocacy group Young Women United, was a member of the group that visited the detention facility.

“At first glance the facility seems to be in working order,” Esparza said. “But the women told us the conditions are not adequate.”

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KUNM Call In Show
5:27 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

What's At The Root Of Today's Border Migrant Crisis?

According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the officer in this image rescued a child along the banks of the Rio Grande during an Air and Marine Safe-Boat patrol in South Texas.
Credit Donna Burton / U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

President Obama and Congress are struggling to make progress on immigration reform as a surge of children are arriving at the U.S. border, many on their own, after long journeys from Central America.

This week we'll tackle a discussion of the economic and political causes of this mass migration—and the impacts on New Mexico communities seeing an influx of migrants.

We'd like to hear from you! Email, post your comments online or via Twitter @KUNMNews, or call in live during the show. 

Host: Gwyneth Doland


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Local News
5:55 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Heinrich, Pearce On Border Migrant Crisis

Sen. Martin Heinrich speaks before the Senate Natural Resources Committee in 2013.
Credit / U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

Senator Martin Heinrich discussed the Central American migrant crisis along the U.S./Mexico border Wednesday on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C.

"We have a human crisis at our southern border that requires immediate but compassionate response," the New Mexico Democrat said. He called on his Republican colleagues in the Senate to work with President Obama to deal with the crisis and demand that House Republicans bring the Senate’s immigration bill to the House floor for debate.

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Local News
2:08 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: We Must Treat Central American Immigrants Humanely

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The Los Angeles Times told the story in 2002 of Enrique, a 17-year-old boy from Honduras who made the treacherous trip across Mexico to reach his mother in the United States.

What inspired me most in the Pulitzer Prize-winning series Enrique’s Journey was the teen’s tenacity in the face of life-threatening danger.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:39 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Ineligible For Obamacare, Immigrants May Continue To Face Debt And Poor Health

Maria Cabrera listens to Kate O'Donnell explain the Presbyterian Hospital application process for financial assistance at Casa de Salud Family Medical Office. Cabrera has acquired medical debt beyond her ability to pay after suffering from a heart attack, and living with severe asthma. O'Donnell is a project coordinator who helps people with severe medical debt manage their accounts with hospitals and collection agencies.
Credit Natalia Jacquez

Maria Cabrera owed $57,000 dollars after she suffered a heart attack and ended up in an Albuquerque hospital.

“Once I was out of the hospital, I got completely in debt,” Cabrera said. “The debt was so large that I don’t even know what’s going on.”

A large amount of that debt was cut down through financial assistance, but she says the debt collectors are still calling, and she’s unclear of just how much she owes. 

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KUNM News Update
4:23 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Immigration Reform Is Dead. Long Live Immigration Reform!

"I'll make clear we have no intention ever of going to conference on the Senate bill." - John Boehner, Speaker of the House

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9:51 am
Wed December 7, 2011

California City Defies State and Federal Immigration Laws

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Ever since Arizona's controversial S-B-10-70 became law last year, other states and cities have tried to follow its example. But as Ruxandra Guidi reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, few cities have defied both state and federal immigration laws like the city of Escondido, California.

10:19 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Could Cutting Border Enforcement Help Reduce the Deficit?

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The congressional Super-Committee has failed to settle on a bipartisan proposal to cut the nation's deficit by 1.5 trillion dollars. But as Ruxandra Guidi reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, some advocates for immigration reform have been calling for cuts to border enforcement.

9:43 am
Mon November 21, 2011

California Janitors Link Immigration to Occupy Wall Street Movement

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More than a hundred janitors and their supporters sought briefly to occupy the plaza in front of the federal building in downtown San Diego on Thursday.  Jill Replogle reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.


9:34 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Report: Young Immigrants Assimilating

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A new bipartisan study examines the latest Census data and finds that immigrants to the U.S., especially young immigrants, are assimilating well. Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

10:08 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Report: Children of Deported End Up in Foster Care

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A new report on this year's record number of deportations finds a growing number of children of deported immigrants are ending up in foster care in the U.S.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.

9:46 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Border Patrol Pulls Agents from Transportation Hubs

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The U.S. Border Patrol for decades has conducted immigration checks in transportation centers like bus stations and airports. But as Hernán Rozemberg from the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, the agency is now quietly rolling back the program.

9:56 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Napolitano Scrutinized By Congress Over New Deportation Measures

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The Department of Homeland Security is under scrutiny in Congress over recent changes to immigration enforcement, including deportations. From our Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.

3:00 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Texas Law Lets Undocumented Convicts Apply for Parole, Deportation

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Undocumented immigrant convicts in Texas prisons are applying for parole so they can be deported home under a new state law.  Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Hernán Rozemberg reports.



9:31 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Brown Signs Two Bills Into Law To Benefit Undocumented Immigrants

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Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills important to undocumented immigrants. The bills are also expected to impact the state's economy. From our Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.

KUNM Local
10:36 am
Fri October 7, 2011

AZ Rancher Fined By US Supreme Court for Treatment of Immigrants

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The Supreme Court has ruled against a Southern Arizona rancher who once held a group of illegal immigrants at gunpoint. As Michel Marizco reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the Court says the rancher must pay 87-thousand dollars. 


KUNM Local
6:39 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Changing Business of Human Smuggling

The Tijuana-San Diego area was for decades one of the busiest human smuggling crossings along the southwest border. In the nineties, more than fifteen-hundred people were smuggled through there each week. But rising violence and increased border security have drastically changed the illegal business. As Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, it's also changed the role of those who look to help immigrants on both sides of the border.

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6:09 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

GAO Report Says Border Enforcement Not Managed Efficiently

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The investigative arm of Congress has released a report saying that the United States military's efforts on the Mexican border have not been managed efficiently. Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Michel Marizco reports that's despite the millions of dollars spent.

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6:39 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

New Immigrant Tracking System

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The Homeland Security Department will roll out a new system to track down people who overstay their temporary legal visas. Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Hernán Rozemberg explains it's been a decade in the making.

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