School safety, DACA, The Line

This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant sits down with school safety leaders to take a hard look at the local response to threats on social media against schools in New Mexico and discuss what new investments are being considered to ensure students are safe.

There’s a great deal of uncertainty right now about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Congress has debated, but not passed, proposals on this issue since 2007, and recent actions taken by President Trump have escalated the concern. Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with a local attorney and advocate to discuss the latest news on DACA and what this uncertainty means for some immigrant families in New Mexico.

And Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the role of affordable housing in New Mexico’s economy and examine the discord surrounding regents of the state’s two largest universities. They also debate the New Mexico Gang Task Force’s choice of a controversial keynote speaker.

Gene Grant

Sarah Gustavus

Adriel Orozco, attorney at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center
Karla Molinar-Arvizo, communications and advocacy fellow for the NM Dream Team
Rob DeBuck, APD resource officer at Highland High School
Paul Feist, former police officer and co-founder of the Soteria Group
Michael Baker, chief operations officer, Rio Rancho Public Schools

Line Panelists:
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico
Stephen Spitz, host of New Mexico People Places and Ideas on KUNM

One thought on “School safety, DACA, The Line

  1. Hey Gene Grant,
    I saw your program tonight and the conversation concerning an ‘active shooter’ in our schools. Your officers at the table were talking about cameras, re-designing the front entrances of schools, etc. All that costs money.
    But… are they forgetting that in most cases, the shooters don’t COME IN through the front door. They don’e even come from the outside. THEY COME FROM THE INSIDE.
    Many years ago I worked as a substitute teacher (for about 3 years) and I can tell you from experience, at least up here in Farmington, that there’s not enough school counselors. When you need them – they’re not there. Then they ARE there on the days that you DON’T need them. You never know ahead of time when a kid’s gonna need to talk to somebody.
    The thing is, it seems that there’s never enough money for full-time counselors in the schools. They’d have counselors being shared between schools and rotating – different schools on different days.
    Don’t you think, that if we’re going to be pro-active and spend our money wisely, that we’d spend more on counselors – rather than steel doors and a million cameras?

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