Category Archives: Immigration

The Line: Confusion From Washington On Albuquerque Immigration Enforcement Policies

NMiF: The Line - sanctuary city

August 11, 2017 – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to the city of Albuquerque that created confusion for both city leaders and community members. The city is potentially in line to receive additional federal funds to combat crime, but Sessions asked for proof that local law enforcement is cooperating with immigration officials. ICE agents have been in the jail and transfer center for many years. Mayor Richard Berry responded to the letter by stating that publicly and adding that Albuquerque is not a sanctuary city. Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line panelists discuss that story and the importance of accurate communication from federal officials to local cities and counties.

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Mary Hudetz, reporter for Associated Press/CJ Project
Andy Lyman, reporter for NM Political Report
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP

Behavioral Health In New Mexico: Meeting The Needs Of Immigrants & Refugees

NMiF: Mental Health

June 9, 2017 - In our second part of our series on mental health in New Mexico, we look at the unique challenges faced by immigrants and refugees. Many have experienced trauma and separation before adjusting to a new country and often a new language. They can feel isolated or afraid. Some may be undocumented and lack insurance and they may fear that seeking out getting services will put them at risk of being identified by federal authorities. Even if refugees and immigrants have have health coverage, there may be cultural or language barriers with providers. Correspondent Megan Kamerick speaks with advocates and those who work with immigrants and refugees this week about gaps in mental health services and how access to care might be improved in New Mexico.

Guests:
Bill Wagner, director, Centro Sávila
Kay Bounkeua, executive director, New Mexico Asian Family Center
Jessica Goodkind, project director, Refugee Well-Being Project
Eric Ndaheba, refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo

Resources:
New Mexico Crisis and Access Line - 855-662-7474
Mental Health Service Use Among Immigrants In the U.S. - National Institutes of Health
Common Mental Health Problems In Immigrants and Refugees - Canadian Medical Association Journal
Refugees Struggle With Mental Health Problems Caused By War And Upheaval - Scientific American
Refugees And Health: These People Are Stronger Than Us - The Guardian
Children of Undocumented Immigrants Face Mental Health Crisis - Diversity Inc