Civil Rights & Immigration


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. […]

U.S. immigration, border agencies face funding shortfall after public health order ends

BY: - April 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security expects to be short on cash for border and immigration operations later this year after the federal government ends a Trump-era policy that prevents migrants from claiming asylum during a health crisis.  A halt to the program, known as Title 42, has divided Democrats, some of whom […]


Legendary author Rudolfo Anaya on banning books

BY: - April 20, 2022

Ten years ago, Bless Me, Ultima was being pulled from the shelves in Arizona classrooms as Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program was dismantled.  I was a reporter at Albuquerque’s now defunct alt-weekly. In our rundown brick office, I pulled out the city’s actual phone book. The big old paper version was already like a thing […]

LGBTQ community, people of color in the crosshairs of banned book movement

BY: - April 18, 2022

Students in one Pennsylvania school district were not allowed to read a biography of the first Black President, Barack Obama.  In some Tennessee classrooms, a nonfiction comic book about the atrocities of the Holocaust is banned. And one school district in Wisconsin banned from libraries a picture book about a gay rights activist who was […]

U.S. House Democrats applaud end of public health order restricting immigration

BY: - April 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats at a U.S. House Homeland Security panel hearing on Wednesday praised the end of a Trump-era policy that turned away migrants pleading for asylum at the border. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that the so-called Title 42 policy, enacted on public health grounds at the beginning of the […]

Refugees and advocates say Temporary Protected Status doesn’t go far enough for Afghans

BY: - April 4, 2022

The news made its way from Washington, D.C. to Las Cruces a few weeks ago, carried via phone call or WhatsApp message, prompting a sigh of relief. Afghans being resettled in the United States needn’t fear imminent deportation to the country they fled last year, thanks to a federal order granting them Temporary Protected Status, […]

Biden administration to halt pandemic policy blocking migrants who claim asylum

BY: - April 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday the government will terminate a Trump-era policy that prevented migrants from claiming asylum during a health crisis, including the coronavirus pandemic. The policy will end on May 23, the CDC wrote in its notice. “There is no longer a serious danger that the entry […]