New Mexico state representatives voted Thursday to repeal a state law that allows people to get New Mexico driver’s licenses even if they’re in the country illegally. Some observers see this as a political battle in which winning the war isn’t as important as fighting the battle.
Pointing to several examples of fraud, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez asked state lawmakers again this year to stop allowing immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to get driver’s licenses here.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.