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Feds move to replace US border barriers in New Mexico

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Santa Teresa Port of Entry / CBP

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Trump administration announced Monday it was preparing to replace existing vehicle barriers along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico that officials call "an area of high illegal entry."

The notice published in the Federal Register said the area extends around 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry.

Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, House Democrats called on Governor Martinez to add House Bill 138 to the legislative session, barring the Trump Administration from building a border wall along state-owned lands. Construction of a border wall could not only hurt southern New Mexico families; it could also be detrimental to the trade relationship New Mexico has with Mexico.

 

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Sexually Assaulting Neighbor

9 hours ago

Las Cruces police arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a neighbor Saturday evening.

Daniel Romanczuk, 27, of the 2300 block of Espanola Street, is charged with one count of criminal sexual penetration. The charge is a third-degree felony.

Las Cruces police investigators learned that a woman was inside her apartment when she heard a knock on her door on Saturday evening. She opened the door and Romanczuk, a neighbor and acquaintance of the woman, entered.

New Mexico Weighs Whether To Save Or Spend Now On Education

11 hours ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase funding for early childhood education in New Mexico by distributing more money from a multibillion dollar state sovereign wealth fund has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

A panel of House lawmakers on Monday recommended approval of the constitutional amendment by a 7-6 vote with only Democrats in support.

The initiative would increase annual distributions from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to roughly 6 percent of assets, from the current 5 percent rate.

New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Sale Spurs Numerous Protests

11 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of protests have been filed by tribal officials, environmentalists and others as federal land managers consider leasing parcels in northwestern New Mexico for oil and gas development that critics say are too close to sites they consider culturally significant.

The upcoming lease sale marks the latest flare-up in a long-running dispute over management of vast expanses of land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Top New Mexico Prosecutor Sees Loophole In Child Abuse Law

11 hours ago
Hector Balderas

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is calling for new legislation that expands the duty to report child abuse or negligence.

Balderas on Monday endorsed a bill that aims to close a loophole in the New Mexico Abuse and Neglect Act. He says current law makes it a duty to report abuse by parents, guardians and custodians of children but leaves out abuse by other people such as school personnel.

Udall Statement On Bipartisan Agreement To Re-open the Government

12 hours ago
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U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted with a majority of senators to move forward on a bipartisan agreement to fund the government through Feb. 8, effectively ending the government shutdown. He issued the following statement:

Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque)

  Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the House Education Committee passed House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1), a constitutional amendment that seeks to uplift New Mexico children by increasing funding for early childhood education. Sponsored by Representatives Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), HJR1 invests in our state’s most precious resource, our children, by increasing enrollment in early childhood education and providing a strong return on investment to New Mexicans.

Heinrich Statement On Senate Vote And Path Forward

13 hours ago
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 22, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today:

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University, a nationwide community driven by passionate college student leaders that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, is pleased to announce that, in honor of January being named “Children Impacted by a Parent’s Cancer Month” - which Kesem is the sponsor of - it is now accepting online applications for its free summer camp session[s].

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Commentary: In its clumsy way, the Trump Administration keeps yanking down curtains that expose black mold and cracks in the walls of our republic. This deterioration preceded the inauguration of Donald J. Trump.

There was a flash of scandal last month when Politico ran a leaked State Department memo, addressed to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, pronouncing that values such as human rights should be used as a club against strategic adversaries while allies who are repressive (such as Egypt, the Philippines, and Saudi Arabia) should get a pass.

Commentary: DENVER—A draft of President Trump’s infrastructure plan leaked to Axios today, laying out the administration’s “principles” for new infrastructure legislation.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON —Congress again failed to find a permanent legislative solution for our nation’s Dreamers despite bipartisan compromises in the Senate and House and overwhelming public support for the Dream Act.

 

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

 

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM - Today, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of a three week Continuing Resolution (C.R.) that did not contain a vote on the Dream Act –Congress’ best permanent solution to protect over two million young immigrants nationwide from deportation and would provide a path to citizenship.

Commentary: In a nation of immigrants few things are more absurd than immigration policies driven by xenophobia and bigotry. Espousing systemic falsehoods from entities masquerading as news media outlets conservative politicians have weaponized fear. Using fear as a tool, conservative politicians can influence support for policies that are often against the best interests of the people who supported them, ultimately undermining our core values as Americans.

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