Civil Rights & Immigration

COMMENTARY

Relocating ICE detainees isn’t enough, release people from ‘inhumane’ federal custody

BY: - March 29, 2022

During the first week of February, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General showed up at Torrance County Detention Facility in Estancia, N.M. to conduct a surprise inspection.  The staff at the facility shouldn’t have been surprised. Over the last two years Torrance County has been under about as much scrutiny that a […]

‘Concerns’ about services provided to Afghan refugees at Las Cruces church prompt investigation

BY: - March 28, 2022

A review by Source New Mexico suggests that El Calvario is lagging behind the other resettlement agency in Las Cruces regarding housing, jobs and keeping Afghans in the program.

No refuge: Afghans describe challenges in building new life in New Mexico

BY: - March 25, 2022

LAS CRUCES – Abdul Amiry thinks of his home country when he sees the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico “These are like Afghanistan,” he said on a recent drive through Las Cruces, gesturing toward the range’s jagged peaks. Any similarities pretty much stop there. This new city, state and country — Amiry’s home for […]

Protests demand end to ‘horrible’ rule used to expel 1.7 million migrants

BY: and - March 23, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Rev. Noel Andersen calls it the “horrible Title 42 policy,” a Trump-era rule that has been used to turn away more than 1.7 million asylum-seekers since it began two years ago Monday as a COVID-19 precaution. Andersen, a former Arizona resident, was one of several dozen protesters who marched from the Trump […]

Federal inspectors demand ICE relocate migrants detained in Torrance County

BY: - March 21, 2022

Federal oversight officials this week told U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to move everyone out of Torrance County detention center in Estancia, N.M., until it can fix unsanitary and unsafe conditions inside. “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must take immediate steps to address the critical staffing shortages that have led to safety risks and unsanitary […]

Most HBCU bomb threats may be coming from one juvenile, FBI official tells Congress

BY: - March 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — A top FBI official told members of a U.S. House panel on Thursday that the agency believes a single juvenile is behind most of the bomb threats made to more than 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Ryan Young, executive assistant director of the Intelligence Branch at the FBI, said that the bomb […]

COMMENTARY

U.S. opens arms for Ukrainian refugees while turning back others fleeing violence

BY: - March 17, 2022

The Department of Justice had a tough day in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit earlier this month. There, in a court case called Huisha-Huisha v. Mayorkas, the judge ruled that the Biden administration cannot use a public health order to expel migrant families into countries where they would face […]

Pandemic expulsion of migrant minors officially ends; adults still covered

BY: - March 16, 2022

WASHINGTON – The CDC ruled this weekend that unaccompanied minors should not be turned back at the border over COVID-19 concerns, a move welcomed by advocates who say the change now needs to be extended to all immigrants. The ruling Saturday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention applies to Title 42, which lets border officials […]

Pressure ramps up to halt Trump-era policy that expels migrants at the border

BY: - March 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats and immigration advocates are pushing the White House to end a controversial Trump-era immigration policy enacted during the pandemic that allowed U.S. officials to expel migrants and asylum seekers at the border.  “I continue to be disappointed, deeply disappointed, in the administration’s response,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York […]

COMMENTARY

Voting is free speech

BY: - March 9, 2022

When we think of freedom of speech, the spoken word is usually what comes to mind. But the First Amendment of the federal Constitution (and, hence, Article II, section 7 of Montana’s Constitution) also protect symbolic speech. Symbolic speech is non-verbal action that clearly conveys a specific message to anyone who sees and reads it. […]

White House allows Ukrainian nationals to stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation

BY: - March 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is granting Temporary Protected Status that will shield Ukrainian nationals living in the United States from deportation, following pressure from members of Congress. “Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence, and Ukrainians forced to seek refuge in other countries,” […]

State aid and services about to become more accessible language-wise

BY: - March 4, 2022

State agencies will be required to expand access for people who speak languages other than English in New Mexico under a law signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday. The governor added her signature to House Bill 22, signaling a commitment by the state to remove barriers non-English speakers face while working with state government […]