Border patrol agents’ trial not about immigration

Editorial The case of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean — Border Patrol agents in Texas convicted in 2006 of shooting an illegal-immigrant drug smuggler as he headed back toward Mexico, and sentenced to 11-year and 12-year prison terms, respectively — has become a cause c

Crossing border soon to require passport card

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Those quick trips across the border to Mexico and Canada will soon come with new requirements for travelers. As of Thursday, all travelers 19 and older crossing U.S. borders by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean must show a government-issued I.D. card, such as a [...]

Special operations gets funding in Pentagon non-war budget

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Congress approved a big boost in the Pentagon’s non-war budget late Thursday. The budget includes money for Air Force Special Operations to modify CV-22 Ospreys and other funding that will boost several programs in eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Cannon [...]

Pearce officially announces candidacy

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico U.S. Representative Steve Pearce, R-N.M., said Saturday during a stump speech to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate that he plans to take conservative New Mexico values to Washington. Pearce spoke to a crowd of supporters at the Clovis Municipal Airport, where he announced his candidacy for Sen. [...]

Politicians using smoke screen against public

Editorial If lawmakers are worried about border security, they sure aren’t putting their money where their mouths are. Congress recently allocated $747 million to some 50 U.S. cities in its latest round of anti-terrorism funding, and just like previous allocations the money isn’t addressing what many say is their primary concern — keeping terrorists out [...]

Fences with holes won’t be effective

We weren’t particularly enamored with the decision by Washington to construct a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, believing that it will be far less effective than claimed and that the problem of illegal immigration ultimately requires a much more holistic and balanced solution. But as long as a fence is going to be built, [...]

Reality shows starring animals could be next big hit

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist In our effort to plumb the depths of humiliation and bad taste, television producers have now invented a reality show based on pitting races against each other. They have chosen whites vs. blacks vs. Asian vs. Latinos, leaving out the obvious — cowboys vs. Indians vs. French vs. cows. I [...]

Border Town Days Information

Freedom Newspapers What: 40th Border Town Days Where: Farwell and Texico When: 10 a.m. (CDT) today Background: Originally a rodeo event, Border Town Days is now a yearly gathering of members of two strikingly similar towns on each side of the Texico-New Mexico border to chat and eat. To do: There will be an arts [...]

Residents march for immigration reform

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By Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer Clovis home healthcare employee Maria Elena-Bojorquez took the day off Monday to participate in a “Day Without Immigrants” rally. The nationwide boycott, aimed at raising awareness of the economic power of immigrants, was organized by activists upset by proposed federal legislation that would criminalize illegal immigrants. Elena-Bojorquez said she’s tired [...]

Dog’s work never done

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By William Thompson Portales resident Raymond Reeves, 55, didn’t have a special fondness for dogs the first 40 or so years of his life, but around the age of 45 he was given a border collie pup and within a few years he became a nationally-known trainer of border collies for gathering livestock. Visitors to [...]