Only fair to do verifications locally

Enough is enough! And I am not talking about the nearly catastrophic Tea Party Takedown of America. No, reference here is to the abuse I must take from certain readers of this fair and balanced column. Check this email response to a fair, balanced column that said, in effect, that Governor Susana Martinez is crazy […]

Driver’s license resolution unfair

Roosevelt County commissioners who supported the resolution to change the law that allows immigrants to get a driver’s license undermine our cherished values of equality and fairness. In the last legislative session, the senate decided to keep driver’s licenses for immigrants because it was the right thing to do. Religious leaders and people of faith […]

Resolution passed in support of ending driver licenses for foreign nationals

Argen Duncan Local officials differ in their beliefs on whether illegal immigrants should receive New Mexico driver’s licenses. Former Gov. Bill Richardson instituted the issuing of driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Current Gov. Susana Martinez wants the practice stopped and has asked for support from local governments. The Roosevelt County Commission adopted a resolution Tuesday […]

Letters to the editor: Illegal immigrants danger on road

Illegal immigrants danger on road It is my opinion that our senators have forgotten whom they are supposed to be working for and protecting. They have the mistaken idea that the illegal immigrants are the true New Mexicans they are elected to serve. Because of their mistaken allegiance to illegals, the New Mexico driver’s license […]

Immigrants should have certain rights

Freedom New Mexico “What part of illegal don’t you understand?” Immigration rights opponents invoke the question so often it hardly brings a response anymore. Our nation has treated the immigration process differently, with a separate court system and a system of enforcement that is more in line with civil proceedings. As the issue has heated […]

Immigrants guaranteed rights, too

Freedom New Mexico Americans have lived under the same Constitution, and behind the same Declaration of Independence, for more than two centuries. It’s sad, then, to see that so many people don’t know — or at least don’t appreciate — the basic precepts those great documents assert. Sadly, even members of our own government — […]

Court rights should apply to immigrants, too

Freedom New Mexico Former attorney general Michael Mukasey made a grievous error when he ruled that immigrants have no recourse regarding errors made in their cases. In one of the last acts of the Bush administration, Mukasey ruled that immigrants don’t have the right to have their deportation cases reopened because they had poor legal […]

Denying children citizenship no answer

Freedom New Mexico One of the most challenging issues in the national debate over illegal immigration is what to do about the children of such immigrants who gain automatic U.S. citizenship at birth. Despite the wishes of anti-immigration extremists, the federal courts almost universally have agreed the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to anyone born on […]

Country needs dialogue on pros, cons of immigration

Anti-immigrant tough talk has failed, once again, as it did in the 2006 election. The toughest of the tough-on-immigration candidates — Colorado’s Tom Tancredo — didn’t get to New Hampshire before his campaign fizzled. John McCain and Hillary Clinton, two of the weakest tough-on-immigration candidates, stole the show in New Hampshire, where immigration never became […]

1-6-08 Letters to the Editor

Acceptance, care would help city grow As a new year begins, many of us begin to think of new possibilities. I have been pondering a “What if…” that I would like to share. What If Portales took a daring stance and declared itself a sanctuary city for immigrants? And what if those immigrants were invited […]

Immigrants help shape country

Anita Doberman This week my sister and my cousins came to visit me while my husband is deployed. We spoke Italian at home and during our outings, and many people asked where we came from. Sometimes they were surprised when I answered in fluent English, but we usually moved on to talk about how long […]

Immigrants help to shape country

By Anita Doberman: Freedom Newspapers Columnist This week my sister and my cousins came to visit me while my husband is deployed. We spoke Italian at home and during our outings, and many people asked where we came from. Sometimes they were surprised when I answered in fluent English, but we usually moved on to […]

Any immigration reform better than none at all

Editorial So the grand-bargain “comprehensive” immigration reform bill introduced a few weeks ago in the Senate is dead, having fallen 15 votes short of the 60 needed to close debate and move to a final vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that after some tinkering it could be brought up again, perhaps in just […]

Churches take stand on immigration

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A new coalition of more than 100 evangelical Christian organizations is finally stepping up to say what the Catholic church has been saying all along: Show compassion for our neighbors, the weak, and the alien. According to the New York Times, evangelical leaders are making increasingly visible efforts to push […]

Extending immigrants credit poses no threat

By Freedom Newspapers We must confess to befuddlement over all the anger directed at Bank of America for its policy, revealed Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal story, that it will offer credit cards to Spanish-speaking people who do not have Social Security numbers. The implication, of course, is that the most likely candidates for […]

Immigration laws do little to deter illegal immigrants

Editorial We still don’t know enough to assess certain aspects of last week’s dramatic raids on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. The raids, conducted in six different states including one near Amarillo, led to 1,282 suspected illegal immigrants being arrested and more than 100 being charged with various serious crimes, including identity […]

Hispanic needs shouldn’t be ignored

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Shame on our politicians! As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and runs through Oct. 15, some politicians are only concerned about being re-elected and are leaving millions of concerned citizens and Mexican immigrants in limbo as they delay immigration reform. They cried “state of emergency” last […]

Clovis marchers focus on unity

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Tonya Garner:Freedom Writer CLOVIS — The honking car horns could be heard for blocks, as a sea of white flowed through the streets of downtown Clovis on Monday morning. Hundreds of residents, wearing white to symbolize peace, marched in support of immigration reform. The group primarily waved American flags, but a few proudly flourished the […]

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 […]

Struggle to immigrate sometimes long

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Growing up, Maria Valenzuela lived in a crowded adobe house with her family in Michoacan, Mexico. They shared one room and a kitchen in home with a dirt floor. She left the coastal city — rich in agricultural products but mired in poverty — for the United States at the […]