New Mexico Senators To Visit Border Detention Facility

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US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic U.S. Senate delegation plans to travel to the border with Mexico to highlight objections to President Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from parents who are detained while attempting to illegally cross into the U.S.

Sen. Martin Heinrich tweeted Tuesday that he will travel to the border later this week with Sen. Tom Udall to visit the site of temporary detention facility for children in Tornillo, Texas.

Silver City Report

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Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Daily Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer. This week, a protest in El Paso regarding child separation, an update on Gila Diversion an impact study is being conducted, and Silver Consolidated has decided to hire arm guards for their schools. 

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When someone is struggling with a mental illness, it may be hard for them to reach out and seek help. Health professionals say that for the Latino and immigrant populations, these struggles may be amplified as they face an extra set of barriers to healthcare access.

In part two of a two-part series, Donna Resendez examines what healthcare professionals say these barriers are, and they say what resources are available to help.

Darren Phillips, NMSU

Giving New Mexico State University undergraduate students an opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research projects was the inspiration for the newly created Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program. In its first year, the program established 16 collaborations during the 2017-2018 academic year. 

The URAP collaborations allow students to learn how to conduct research, develop close relationships with faculty members, receive guidance and advice and materials such as recommendations. 

Scam Alert: Threatening Phone Calls In Las Cruces

16 hours ago

Las Cruces police remind residents to use caution when receiving telephone calls from unknown callers.

Police learned that several residents have received suspicious telephone calls from callers who have threatened criminal charges or arrest if they don’t provide personal information or do not return the call.

Some of the calls in question came from a telephone number with a 718 area code. The calls in question are likely a scam, and an attempt to gain personal or financial information.

Sustainable Agriculture Field Day to be held at NMSU

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New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will host its first-ever Sustainable Agriculture Field Day Thursday, June 28. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the NMSU Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center. 

The New Mexico State University rodeo team concluded the College National Finals Rodeo with a pair of eighth-place finishes at the event in Casper, Wyoming, June 10-16. 

Freshman Blaise Milligan (bull riding) and senior Anna Barker (barrel racing) led the Aggies with eighth-place individual finishes. 

Family Separations At The Border Alarm Child-Welfare Experts

17 hours ago

Every day, child welfare agencies across America make difficult decisions to separate children from their parents. But experts say those agencies have ways of minimizing the trauma that aren't being employed by the Trump administration at the Mexican border.

Among other things, child-welfare agencies often try to arrange visits between parents and children and keep communication open between them.

Many professionals are worried about what is happening to the more than 2,300 youngsters who have been separated from their parents by the Trump administration.

New Mexico Diner Sued By Agency For Religious Discrimination

18 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a diner in Farmington, New Mexico for subjecting a Muslim woman to religious discrimination by refusing to let her wear a head scarf.

Elizabeth Cadle, director of the agency's five-state district office in Phoenix, said Tuesday the commission sued the Blue Moon Diner for refusing employee Samantha Bandy's request to work while wearing a hijab, a head scarf some Muslim women wear. The commission also alleges Bandy was fired because of her religion.

New Mexico Candidates Blame Politics For Family Separations

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With no mention of President Donald Trump, candidates for an open congressional seat along the U.S. border in New Mexico blamed Washington politics for the separation of immigrant children from parents who are caught trying to come to the U.S. illegally.

The zero tolerance policy on border security that led to the separations has rocked political campaigns in border states and sent Republicans on Capitol Hill frantically searching Tuesday for ways to end it.


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Gessing: Holtec nuclear storage proposal sensible

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Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

Commentary: New Mexico’s elected leaders and many citizens often claim to be interested in “diversifying the economy” and the attraction of good-paying new jobs to our state. When push comes to shove, however, schizophrenia reigns.

Policymakers often outdo themselves throwing subsidies and tax exemptions at businesses while on the other they enact policies or restrictions that make doing business in New Mexico unattractive.

Outrage At Family Separation Policy

16 hours ago

Commentary: Few policies of our federal government have drawn as much outrage as the recent decision to separate parents and children who come to the United States border with Mexico seeking asylum.  Reports of children screaming in terror as they are torn from their parents’ arms strike at the heart of every citizen who has put their trust in the United States as a humane nation.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas called on United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to end the cruel and illegal attacks on children and families lawfully seeking asylum in the United States as they seek protection from domestic, sexual and gang violence. In recent weeks, the federal government has separated thousands of asylum-seeking children from their parents, and reclassified the protective status of international domestic violence survivors.

Commentary: The New Mexico Psychological Association (NMPA) calls on the federal government to keep immigrant children with their families. Psychological science has long-warned against the serious negative consequences of separating children from their primary caregivers. As both the American Psychological Association and theAmerican Medical Association affirm, doing so threatens the physical and mental health of the children and their families.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)


Commentary: Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), released the following statement today on the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” immigration stance that has led to forced separation of families and horrific accounts of children being taken from their parents:

“Our nation’s soul is at stake. 

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