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 […]