Curry inmate released despite immigration hold

Sharna Johnson Law enforcement is searching for an inmate who was released Thursday night from the Curry County jail despite an immigration hold. Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood said Ramiro Chavez was released on his own recognizance by order of magistrate court. However, Norwood said there is a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold in […]

White House memo proposes immigration fix

Last week’s release of an internal memo regarding ways to help some temporary immigrants extend their stay in the United States shouldn’t raise hopes or concerns. But it’s good to see the Obama administration is looking at the possibilities and contingencies in advance of possible policy changes. The internal memo sent to Alejandro Mayorkas, head […]

Immigration battle will not divide nation

Freedom Newspapers It’s nothing short of civil war, according to Al Kreiger. The Yuma, Ariz., mayor told a forum on immigration last week that the issue of immigration enforcement authority has torn this country in two. Kreiger noted that such wars occur when state and federal governments are at odds. “We basically have an undeclared […]

Ethnic studies don’t threaten U.S. history

Freedom New Mexico Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer once again is taking heat for signing a knee-jerk bill that targets minority groups. Just weeks after signing the immigration enforcement bill that allows local police to stop people, without evidence of a crime, and ask for their proof of legal U.S. residency, Brewer approved a bill restricting […]

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 […]

Immigration reform should not be rushed

Freedom Newspapers Sen. Lindsey Graham seems the odd man out in Congress these days. The South Carolina Republican has taken heat from both parties for trying to work with the Democratic majority on major legislation, particularly energy and immigration. He and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer have worked the hardest to bringing immigration reform off […]

New urgency to immigration reform policy

Reports of deadly violence just across the Mexican border — in Matamoros, Mier, Reynosa and other cities — are starting to appear daily on the pages of the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. On bad days gunfire can be heard north of the border; stray bullets from one firefight even landed on the campus of the University […]

Gadgets not effective against illegal immigration

Freedom New Mexico We do love our toys, especially when we don’t have to pay for them. To their credit, some government officials are finally starting to tire of pouring taxpayers’ money into the $6.7 billion “virtual fence” along the Mexican border. President Obama might cut nearly $200 million from the project. The Bush administration […]

Immigration reform needs streamlining

Freedom Communications Congress’ latest effort to reform our nation’s immigration laws has begun. Unfortunately, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 offers little in the way of real reform. The proposal, given the unwieldy name to create the ASAP acronym, is touted and condemned as a new means to enable […]

Immigration reform should begin soon

President Barack Obama said earlier this month that even though our immigration system is “broken” and he believes reform is necessary, we shouldn’t expect any change this year. We see no reason to wait. Proposals for such reform should be offered now, allowing Congress as much time as necessary to hear all sides of the […]