News people tooted Richardson’s horn

Ned Cantwell, State Columnist It’s wrong, I know, but I can’t get Monica Armenta off my mind. No matter what else I may be doing, there she is. Monica. Monica. Monica. You’ve seen her. Poised, seriously concerned about New Mexico events, pleasant sense of humor. Monica is a star of New Mexico journalism, co-anchor of […]

Reform needed to stop more immigrant deaths

Freedom Newspapers It’s time to get realistic about this country’s immigration policy. Our current system has done nothing to stop illegal immigration. Instead, all it has done is put illegal immigrants in greater danger of being exploited, assaulted or even killed. Hidalgo County, Texas, has recently seen two graphic examples of how U.S. immigration policies […]

Food, friends big part of Border Days

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James Williams, right, of the Texico-Farwell Rotary Club, slices one of the 25 briskets the club cooked for its annual barbecue Saturday during Border Town Days in Farwell. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina FARWELL — From 30-pound hunks of beef brisket to dainty sugar cookies, food ranked first among attractions mentioned […]

Court ruling good news for commerce

The June 7 Supreme Court ruling paving the way for Mexican trucks to operate inside the United States was a long time in coming. In a unanimous decision, the justices declared that President Bush has the authority to open the U.S. border to Mexican trucks without waiting for a court-ordered environmental study (although the study […]

New deportation policy raises some concerns

Freedom Newspapers T here’s been a change in U.S. deportation pol- icy for illegal immigrants from Mexico — instead of dropping undocumented persons off at the border, the United States and Mexico have tentatively agreed to return them to their hometowns. Although U.S. officials like the idea, it does raise concerns. Last month, the United […]

Endangered Species Act needs overhaul

What’s the difference between a ferruginous pygmy owl living in Arizona and a ferruginous pygmy owl living just across the border in Sonora, Mexico? And no, south-of-the-border birds do not wear tiny sombreros. If you answered, “nothing,” you’ve just shown more common sense than the geniuses in Washington who wrote and passed the Endangered Species […]

Editorial: U.S. applies double standard to its neighbors

As debate continues over the federal government’s proposed border-crossing program, one aspect of the current policy deserves closer scrutiny — different treatment of our neighbors, depending on whether they come from north or south of the U.S. border. Under the current system, guests from Canada with proof of Canadian citizenship are allowed to remain in […]

New deportation program costly, needlessly cruel

Freedom Newspapers In September, the federal government began shipping thousands of illegal immigrants from Arizona, where they were caught, to Texas, where they were deported. This “lateral repatriation program” was pointless, costly to taxpayers and needlessly cruel — and it’s still around. The Department of Homeland Security, the parent organization of Bureau of Customs and […]

Mexico and U.S. must cooperate on border issues

Freedom Newspapers In the early days of the Bush administration, the president worked with Mexican President Vicente Fox on cross-border issues. The two pledged to work together to implement provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement as well as the possibility of a guest-worker program and immigration, legal and illegal. Then came Sept. 11, […]

Hands across the border

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Eight-year-old Farwell resident Tait Cooper’s bike entry is decorated with “Border Town Days or Bust” as Border Town Days bicycle decorating judge Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, looks at an entry from Tracy Hughes’, 10. By Darrell Todd Maurina Many people like to keep track of how many people come to their community festivals. Mike Pomper, chairman of […]