Political flier focuses on driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

A political flier distributed last week to Clovis residents cited the Clovis News Journal as a source for its information. The flier’s subject was municipal candidates’ positions on driver’s licenses for illigal immigrants. Here’s the story we published following a political forum hosted by the High Plains Patriots; decide for yourself where the candidates stand: […]

Letters to the editor: Illegal immigrants danger on road

Illegal immigrants danger on road It is my opinion that our senators have forgotten whom they are supposed to be working for and protecting. They have the mistaken idea that the illegal immigrants are the true New Mexicans they are elected to serve. Because of their mistaken allegiance to illegals, the New Mexico driver’s license […]

Immigrants should have certain rights

Freedom New Mexico “What part of illegal don’t you understand?” Immigration rights opponents invoke the question so often it hardly brings a response anymore. Our nation has treated the immigration process differently, with a separate court system and a system of enforcement that is more in line with civil proceedings. As the issue has heated […]

Letters to the editor: U.S. not refuge for illegal immigrants

U.S. not refuge for illegal immigrants How many people can you put into a lifeboat before it goes down? For so many years, our nation has turned a blind eye to illegal immigration overflowing our southern borders. Our government is complicit in exponentially adding to the problem. Granting amnesty to the millions who have already […]

Immigrants guaranteed rights, too

Freedom New Mexico Americans have lived under the same Constitution, and behind the same Declaration of Independence, for more than two centuries. It’s sad, then, to see that so many people don’t know — or at least don’t appreciate — the basic precepts those great documents assert. Sadly, even members of our own government — […]

Court rights should apply to immigrants, too

Freedom New Mexico Former attorney general Michael Mukasey made a grievous error when he ruled that immigrants have no recourse regarding errors made in their cases. In one of the last acts of the Bush administration, Mukasey ruled that immigrants don’t have the right to have their deportation cases reopened because they had poor legal […]

Birth certificate denials send wrong message

Freedom Newspapers One of the most challenging issues in the national debate over illegal immigration is what to do about the children of such immigrants who gain automatic U.S. citizenship at birth. Despite the wishes of anti-immigration extremists, the federal courts almost universally have agreed the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to anyone born on U.S. […]

Immigrants help power U.S. economy

By Freedom New Mexico Anti-immigrant tough talk has failed, once again, as it did in the 2006 election. The toughest of the tough-on-immigration candidates — Colorado’s Tom Tancredo — didn’t get to New Hampshire before his campaign fizzled. John McCain and Hillary Clinton, two of the weakest tough-on-immigration candidates, stole the show in New Hampshire, […]

Letters to the Editor: Driver’s licenses should be exclusive

Wednesday’s CNJ report on foreign national driver’s licenses begs a few comments. Driver’s licenses are the closest the United States has to national identification and here we are in New Mexico providing them to undocumented immigrants. We are already giving away our tax dollars in education, medical expenses and welfare to these individuals and now […]

Immigrants help shape America

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This week my sister and my cousins came to visit me while my husband is deployed. We spoke Italian at home and during our outings, and many people asked where we came from. Sometimes they were surprised when I answered in fluent English, but we usually moved on to talk about […]

Next time around, bill should address immigrant quotas

Editorial So the grand-bargain “comprehensive” immigration reform bill introduced a few weeks ago in the Senate is dead, having fallen 15 votes short of the 60 needed to close debate and move to a final vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that after some tinkering it could be brought up again, perhaps in just […]

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 […]

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 […]

Candidate profile: Joe Carraro

State Sen. Joe Carraro, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate State Sen. Joe Carraro of Albuquerque is campaigning for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate against Allen Wilson McCulloch and David Pfeffer. The position is currently held by Democrat Jeff Bingaman, who is seeking re-election. Carraro was elected a state senator in 1985. He has attended […]

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 […]

Residents demonstrate for immigrant rights

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A boy rides on a marcher’s shoulders waving an American flag as hundreds of participants in a rally walk north on Mitchell Street Monday morning. The marchers walked in a show of support for immigration reform. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The honking car horns could be heard for blocks, […]

Locals report business as usual

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of local residents showed support Monday for “the Great May 1 Boycott” or “A Day Without an Immigrant.” As part of a nationwide campaign, immigrant supporters were hoping to prove immigrants play a large role in the workforce. The impact on local businesses was not clear as most […]