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The Line: Immigrants Seeking Asylum Entering from Mexico

Gene Grant

April 19, 2019 – Federal agents have been taking many of the migrants flooding through the El Paso border crossing, putting them on a bus and sending them to Las Cruces. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the influx of people seeking asylum and the call for health officials to help at the New Mexico/Mexico border.

Line Panelists:
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:
City in New Mexico Authorizes Spending on Asylum Seekers – Associated Press
ABQ organizations help asylum seekers – by Katy Barnitz, Albuquerque Journal
Trump Says He May Send ‘Illegal Immigrants’ Into ‘Sanctuary Cities Only’ – Associated Press

The Line: Albuquerque City Councilors Approve Plastic Bag Ban

plastic bag ban

April 19, 2019 – The Albuquerque City Council passed—after major amendments—a ban on some plastics. Approved by a 5-to-3 vote, the ban on plastic bags at grocers and retailers will go into effect on January 1, 2020, if Mayor Tim Keller signs off on it. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate whether the new ordinance goes too far—or not far enough.

Line Panelists:
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:
Ban would keep 120 million plastic bags out of ABQ landfills, new analysis says – by Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal
Restaurants escape plastic ban; grocery stores and retailers will have to go to paper – KOAT 7