Civil Rights & Immigration

Gov: NM will not cooperate with other states’ legal actions against people seeking abortions

BY: - June 27, 2022

New Mexico will now offer greater protections for health care providers offering abortion care and to the individuals who need the services, even if they are from out of state.  Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order on Monday expanding protections for frontline abortion services and explained any further action by state leaders will […]

NM demonstrators look for next steps in preserving abortion rights

BY: - June 27, 2022

The rains washed over Old Town Albuquerque and brought hundreds of people to Tiguex Park to share anger and grief at federal reproductive rights taken away earlier in the day by a Supreme Court ruling. For some, the event was a place to understand how the court’s ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade ends federal […]

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The heart expands again during Pride month

BY: - June 27, 2022

Over the last few years, I’ve turned into a bit of a Pride Grinch. Being a Black queer and trans historian and observing the celebration of a radical anti-police protest turn into an excuse to hawk rainbow-tinted goods or watch twinks dance on the floats of banks that fund war and oil pipelines leaves a […]

Councilors weigh repeal of measure to create city-sanctioned camps for unsheltered people

BY: - June 23, 2022

Albuquerque city councilors are trying to reverse course on an ordinance sanctioning camps for unhoused people that they passed earlier this month. As part of that, they’re postponing decisions on the rules for such camps.  But that might mean the Safe Outdoor Spaces ordinance will become law in early August without guidance or a zoning […]

Citing dangerous conditions, public defenders pause visits with clients in New Mexico’s largest jail

BY: - June 14, 2022

The situation inside the Bernalillo County jail has become so unsafe that New Mexico’s public defenders have temporarily stopped going into the facility, the state’s chief public defender said Monday. The warden of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County outside Albuquerque, the largest jail in the state, on June 4 declared a state of […]

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ICE is watching you

BY: - May 26, 2022

In 2018, in my capacity as a lawyer, I took a few trips to Mexico to provide legal advice and legal accompaniment to refugees in Mexico who intended to seek political asylum in the United States. The border is a very tricky place to navigate. Our goal was to identify people who had clear claims […]

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 […]

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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 […]