Yearly Archives: 2013

Both sides of immigration debate criticize latest removal numbers

Griselda Nevarez | Voxxi

Both sides of the immigration debate were quick to criticize the latest removal numbers released Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that reveal the agency deported 368,644 people in fiscal year 2013.

Advocates are not happy with the numbers, saying undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to national security or community

A sign on a street corner in Washington, DC, in April 2013. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Lobo via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

A sign on a street corner in Washington, DC, in April 2013. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Lobo via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

safety continue to be deported and separated from their families. At the same time, immigration hardliners are criticizing the Obama administration for deporting about 41,200 fewer people than last fiscal year when a total of 409,849 people were deported.

The number of removals this year brings the total number of people who’ve been deported during the five years that President Barack Obama has been in office to nearly 2 million. The number of deportations during the eight years of George W. Bush presidency reached 2 million.

Undocumented mother sees power in telling her story

Griselda Nevarez | Voxxi

Ingrid Vaca is out to tell her story of what it’s like to be an undocumented mother living in the United States, because she believes it is the best way to build support for immigration reform.

“We need to put our voices out there so that people can hear us and see that we’re not all bad people,” Vaca told VOXXI. “We are hardworking people, and we have children who’ve grown up here and are contributing a lot to our society.”

Research: Art activities preserve health, heritage for ethnic elders

Photo: Marlene Herrera holds up a saddle blanket woven by her great aunt. (Colleen Keane/Navajo Times)

Photo: Marlene Herrera holds up a saddle blanket woven by her great aunt. (Colleen Keane/Navajo Times)

Colleen Keane | Navajo Times / New America Media 

ALAMO, N.M. — Carefully dragging out a large, clear plastic container from her bedroom closet, Marlene Herrera, a member of the Alamo Navajo community said, “I’m glad I saved these.” 

Searching for migrants — dead or alive

Kent Paterson | Frontera NortyeSur

On the migrant roads of North America, rallies, press conferences and remembrances were held Dec. 18, the International Day of the Migrant. North and south of the border, the common themes were justice for migrants, respect for human rights, an end to deportations, and the legalization of the undocumented.

‘Flat tax’ would hurt low-income New Mexicans, group says

The state's poorest residents would be hit hardest by a proposed two-percent flat tax which may be considered New Mexico's next legislative session, according to New Mexico Voices for Children. (Photo courtesy of New Mexico Legislature.)

The state’s poorest residents would be hit hardest by a proposed two-percent flat tax which may be considered New Mexico’s next legislative session, according to New Mexico Voices for Children. (Photo courtesy of New Mexico Legislature.)

Troy Wilde | Public News Service

The state’s poorest residents would be hit hardest by a proposed 2-percent flat tax, according to Gerry Bradley, policy analyst, New Mexico Voices for Children. Bradley’s nonprofit organization is lobbying against the effort to replace personal and corporate state income taxes with the flat tax. 

NM Supreme Court mandates marriage equality

Rio Grande Digital

New Mexico’s Supreme Court Justices unanimously ruled Thursday that marriage between same-sex partners is legal in the state.

The court said:

“We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law.”

New Mexico joins 16 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing same-sex marriage.

Border Patrol, hospital face lawsuit over cavity searches

John Michaelson | Public News Service

A lawsuit has been filed against the University Medical Center of El Paso and a number of its doctors, along with Customs and Border Protection and several agents for alleged abuses against a U.S. citizen. Senior staff attorney Adriana Piñon, ACLU of Texas, said the 54- year-old woman was returning to the U.S. last year when she was strip-searched at a border checkpoint and then taken in handcuffs to the medical center, where doctors probed her against her will.

New era for Mexico: Congress passes energy reform bill

(Photo courtesy of Matthew Rutledge via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

(Photo courtesy of Matthew Rutledge via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

Danielle Restuccia | Voxxi

After 75 years of state control, the oil and gas market in Mexico is open for business with the passage of the energy reform bill by its congress.

Lawmakers in Mexico’s Congress passed a historic energy reform bill Thursday, after the bill first cleared the Senate on Wednesday of last week. The new energy bill opens up Mexico’s gas and oil resources to private companies, turning on its head the 75-year monopoly that state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has had in the industry.

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