Civil Rights & Immigration

Federal judge allows continued Title 42 migrant expulsions at the border

BY: - May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42, a designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has allowed border patrol officials to turn migrants away at the border.  The order from U.S. District Court Judge Robert Summerhays for a preliminary nationwide injunction […]

Her daughters are U.S. citizens. Title 42 won’t let this Guatemalan mother enter the country.

BY: - May 19, 2022

Every morning for the past year, Emilsa and her two American-born daughters wake up on a mattress in a storage room inside a migrant shelter in Ciudad Juárez. For breakfast, they usually eat eggs and potatoes or whatever food people donate to the shelter. After eating, the 39-year-old from Guatemala will read to her daughters […]

Waiting at a closed border

BY: - May 17, 2022

The inner courtyard of Casa del Migrante in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, looks like a day care center. Plastic toys are scattered from one end to the other. Tiny baby clothes hang on the chain link fence, drying in the sun. Toddlers throw a ball in the direction of a blue and yellow basket hoop, jumping […]


Conservatives needn’t panic about the end of Title 42

BY: - May 13, 2022

Trump’s former immigration adviser is having a premonition of doom. Stephen Miller has the dubious distinction of authoring ex-President Trump’s (anti-)immigration policies.  He retweeted news of a Centers for Disease Control announcement last month, saying: “This will mean armageddon on the border. This is how nations end.”  So what on Earth could a public health […]

Title 42 exception helps LGBTQ asylum-seekers

BY: - May 10, 2022

In a red brick house on the south side of El Paso, Texas, Susana Correa sits in front of a wall of five computer monitors, the biggest filled with lists of the names of hundreds of LGBTQ asylum-seekers waiting to cross from Juárez into El Paso. To her left, one monitor features a long string […]

Families rally for relatives facing bordertown violence

BY: - May 6, 2022

FARMINGTON — Family members and advocates lined up Thursday in front of Berg Park to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous people and how poverty leads to unrest on Native lands.  “The sad truth about it is many of these families are the working poor,” said organizer Darlene Gomez. “Their communities are infested with […]


New Mexico MMIWR Task Force points lawmakers to concrete tasks

BY: - May 5, 2022

Phyllis Waukazoo is intently optimistic with the response plan New Mexico leaders presented Thursday to address the systemic failures plaguing the cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people.  “I’m an actual mother of a survivor, and we kind of fled to this state for safety. So I wanted to be familiar with what’s going on,” […]

Justice for Relatives

BY: - May 5, 2022

Geraldine Toya has two reasons to be hopeful. First, she’s in the process of requesting that the Albuquerque Police Department reopen the case involving her daughter Shawna’s death. “I feel relief that something is getting done, you know; we’re wanting to still look for justice, answers,” she said. Second, Toya (Jemez) was in attendance on […]

COVID-19 in the air remains elusive disability rights issue, experts say

BY: - May 2, 2022

The coronavirus that hangs in the air inside New Mexico’s schools isn’t tracked at any level by state officials, and hasn’t gotten the same attention in New Mexico courts as school mask mandates. But interviews with health and legal experts show that it could still be a disability rights issue because without clean air in […]

Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden administration from ending Title 42

BY: - April 26, 2022

A federal judge in Louisiana said Monday he will block the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that keeps immigrants seeking asylum out of the United States. U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays told Republican state attorneys general and the federal government that he planned to grant the Republicans’ request for a temporary […]

Biden to ask Congress for more Ukraine aid after earlier U.S. funding runs dry

BY: - April 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is preparing to ask Congress for billions more in aid to Ukraine as the war shifts to the Eastern regions of the country, following Russia’s failure to take the capital city of Kyiv. “I’m asking the Defense Department to put together what they think we need,” Biden said this week.  […]

ICE brings more people into Torrance detention center, congresswoman’s staff confirms

BY: - April 22, 2022

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the weekend moved more than 100 people into the Torrance County detention center in Estancia, N.M., according to staff with U.S. Rep. Melaine Stansbury. The transfers into Torrance come less than a month after federal inspectors told ICE to get people out of there because conditions were so bad. […]