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 […]

Area residents observing national immigration boycott

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers If all goes as planned, it may not be business as usual in the United States on Monday, which is “the Great May 1 Boycott” or “A Day Without an Immigrant” Day. Nationwide, immigrant supporters hope to disrupt the day to illustrate, like in the 2004 movie, “A Day Without […]

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 […]

Area residents rally for immigrant rights

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Clovis immigrant rights supporters rally Monday morning at the intersection of Main and 14th streets. Demonstrators chanted, “Si se puede” (yes we can), as the march snaked through town. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The group of 50 immigration rights supporters rapidly swelled to 400 Monday as they marched through […]

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 […]

Multiculturalism only sparking divisions

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Concerned that the raging immigration debate would spark violence, officials in at least two schools in Colorado have banned students from bringing flags to school, the AP reports. Predictably, this news and associated rumors have lit up the phone lines at call-in shows around the nation. Conservatives are right to […]

Immigrants looking for chance for living

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Si se puede! “Yes, we can!” “Yes, it can be done!” However you translate these three words, this was the chant that led many Latinos to take to the streets and the fields in the 1960s and 1970s to demand better working conditions for farm workers and civil rights for […]

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 […]

Self-censorship threatening Europe

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist As Danish embassies and European Union offices smolder in Beirut, Damascus, Gaza and Tehran — the result of a junior varsity jihad — the time could not be more apt for Bruce Bawer’s “While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within,” due out at the end […]