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: Ronald Dolin

Ronald M. Dolin is the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, New Mexico District 3. He is running against incumbent Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M. Biography: Dolin was born June 9, 1960, in rural South Dakota. He is married with three children and has lived in northern New Mexico for 23 years. Dolin earned […]

Immigration bill hesitation good idea

Freedom Newspapers House Speaker Dennis Hastert last week announced at least seven House committees or subcommittees will hold hearings on the immigration bill the Senate passed, in Washington and in other parts of the country, most likely the South and Southwest. Most observers think this move will assure that Congress will not pass immigration legislation […]

5/10 Letters to the editor

Sheriff should be willing to risk life Do you want Matt Murray as Curry County sheriff? I don’t. Murray was a Curry County deputy sheriff on July 13, 1992, when Charles Landgraf killed three people while trying to flee police in a sports car. According to a Nov. 19, 1993, report in the Clovis News […]

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 […]

Immigration solution will take compromise

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist To translate the Holy Bible and read or recite it in a language other than Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin or any of its original forms is un-Christian. Does that sound ridiculous to you? The notion that singing the National Anthem in Spanish is un-American is also ridiculous. Some people may not […]

Naturalization complicated for many immigrants

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Carolina Lopez helps out a customer at the Carneceria Chihuahua restaurant in Portales. Lopez’ parents came to the United States illegally but are now permanent U.S. residents. (Freedom Newspapers: Tony Parra) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Growing up, Maria Valenzuela lived in a crowded adobe house with her family in Michoacan, Mexico. They shared […]

4/23 Letters to the editor

Checkpoints not only solution for DWI Glenda Bly’s outrage (DWI checkpoints waste of time, money in the April 12 CNJ) over being stopped and checked for drunken driving can easily be pacified. If someone wants to drink, let them. If someone wants to sell alcohol to the drinker, let them. But … the seller should […]

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 […]

GOP lawmakers want to undo some immigration laws

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers in both houses want to undo state laws allowing some undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses and to qualify for in-state tuition and lottery scholarships. The bills, introduced Wednesday, are part of an immigration package that also includes non-binding memorials asking Gov. Bill Richardson […]

Additional funds needed to resolve border issues

Freedom Newspapers The 16 Texas counties that border Mexico face challenges that the rest of the state — the rest of the nation — might have a hard time understanding. From the intricacies of a border economy in which customers walk to another country for afternoon shopping trips to the irrigation needs of farmers in […]

Vigilante or not, group shows immigration policy’s flaws

It will be fascinating to see how the Minuteman Project, the brainstorm of California resident James Gilchrist, comes off now that President Bush has referred to the effort as a “vigilante” operation of which he disapproves. It has certainly stirred a lot of interest, pro and con. A retired accountant, Gilchrist conceived the idea 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 […]

Red tape holds up citizenship request

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Helene Burnett talks about her husband Robert on Friday at her home in Clovis. Burnett, who was born is Germany, is still waiting for her U.S. Citizenship. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Helene Burnett followed her husband Robert from Wackernheim, Germany, to postings throughout the United States. She took care of their […]

Bush effort is a start to reopening immigration talks

President Bush’s new proposal on immigration has at least one virtue. It represents an effort to confront — and begin an open discussion about — an immigration system that is clearly not working. Whether you think immigration should be more restricted or less restricted, the fact that 8 million to 12 million people are in […]