Residents hold immigration rally

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Veronica Serda, left, leads chants as Victoria Flores, center, and other immigrant rights supporters marched Tuesday on Main Street. The group stopped in front of the Curry County Courthouse to spread their message. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Dressed in white to symbolize peace and carrying colorful signs — […]

Immigration bill start toward right direction

By Freedom Newspapers This year’s congressional debate over immigration has begun with the introduction last week of a House bill that would stiffen enforcement and worker verification procedures, set up a guest worker program and offer a path to citizenship for the 11 million to 12 million workers who are already in this country illegally. […]

Extending credit to immigrants poses no threat

By Freedom Newspapers We must confess to befuddlement over all the anger directed at Bank of America for its policy, revealed Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal story, that it will offer credit cards to Spanish-speaking people who do not have Social Security numbers. The implication, of course, is that the most likely candidates for […]

Officials look to solve intersection congestion

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A new median on North Prince Street from 21st Street to Commerce Way prevents illegal left turns from businesses. Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang said city officials are considering ways to alleviate congestion. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A new Prince Street median built to eliminate illegal left-hand […]

Eastern graduate ministers in China

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A religion graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Heather Husted always felt she would be in a Gospel ministry somewhere. The Roosevelt County native never dreamed it would be in a communist country. Husted, who was born in Portales and grew up in Elida, is back home briefly from China […]

Quotas encourage, not dissuade illegal immigrants

By Freedom Newspapers We still don’t know enough to assess certain aspects of last week’s dramatic raids on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. The raids, conducted in six different states including one near Amarillo, led to 1,282 suspected illegal immigrants being arrested and more than 100 being charged with various serious crimes, […]

Diversity would do world of good

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Shame on our politicians! As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and runs through Oct. 15, some politicians are only concerned about being re-elected and are leaving millions of concerned citizens and Mexican immigrants in limbo as they delay immigration reform. They cried “state of emergency” last […]

Eavesdropping not only illegal but likely useless

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has tried to be reassuring in defending the National Security Agency program of electronic eavesdropping on telephone calls between people in the United States and possible terrorist suspects overseas that was disclosed last December: “One end of the communication must be outside the United States.” Along with many legal scholars, we […]

OSI agents focus on force protection issues

Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon’s Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 224, wants to remind Airmen of the duty to watch out for their fellow Airmen, report illegal drug activity and protect the resources of the United States. From April 2005 to April 2006, Det. 224 conducted 12 drug investigations; up from nine cases the previous […]

5/7 Letters to the editor

Multiple standards no good for policy One of the biggest problems with our immigration policy is the policy itself is different for different countries. If you are escaping from Cuba and you set foot on dry land, you cannot be sent back. Why do Cubans get special treatment? Because the U.S. doesn’t like Castro? Immigration […]

Immigration can’t be cast in black, white

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist The immigration protests held across the country on Monday serve as a perfect Rorschach test: What reaction did you have to the sight of hundreds of thousands of immigrants marching down American streets, calling on Congress to accommodate them? Dismay? Ambivalence? Admiration? A lot of political debates turn on facts […]

U.S. not dumping ground for Mexican woes

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Ross Perot famously predicted that if Congress passed the North American Free Trade Agreement, we’d hear a “giant sucking sound” as American jobs were exported to our southern neighbor. Not only did that not happen, but American exports to Mexico have jumped. According to an analysis by Howard J. Wall […]

Immigration’s big problem is illegality

By Walter Williams: Snydicated columnist My sentiments on immigration are inscribed at the foot of the Statue of Liberty: “… Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” […]

Immigrant reform bill doesn’t meet goals as written

Freedom Newspapers We have supported increasing the number of immigrants allowed to stay in America and become citizens. But the Senate immigration reform agreement, as written, does not really accomplish that; it’s just as well that the U.S. Senate on Friday defeated the compromise bill. A bipartisan agreement hammered out Thursday lost the next day […]

GOP candidate rips Richardson

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Republican J.R. Damron sees a need for change in the governor’s office to improve education and stop illegal immigration. Gov. Bill Richardson’s opponent in November’s General Election, Damron said students in New Mexico rank low in test scores compared with students from other states, citing a recently released […]

For some residents, immigration issue hits close to home

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Maria Valdez of Clovis sets a table at Juanito’s Mexican Food Restaurant. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, she came to the U.S. at 14 with her father and stepmother for work and to send more money back to Mexico. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer This mild-weathered Saturday afternoon, business inside […]

Immigration issue has no easy answers

Freedom Newspapers Massive pro-immigrant demonstrations over the weekend and continuing Monday — police estimated 500,000 in Los Angeles, perhaps 300,000 in Chicago and smaller gatherings in Dallas, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio — suggest there are two sides in the debate over immigration that can bring out numbers. That is unlikely to make it easier […]

3/24 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: On Monday, police were called to the 1200 block of Traver Street in reference to a 17-year-old male refusing to go to school. As the officer neared the location, he saw a male fitting the description of the call who was walking […]

Encouraging bottom-to-top communication, team problem solving

Keith Pannell Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base May 16, 2005. On that late Monday morning, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of running out of fuel. “A […]

Illegal aliens land at Cannon

Keith Pannell 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base Monday. In the late morning of May 16, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of […]