Tag Archives: border wall

The Line: Military Projects Set Aside for Border Wall

1311 Military Funding Diverted

September 13, 2019 – President Donald Trump’s decision to repurpose $3.6 billion in military funding to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border will have impacts in New Mexico. Specifically, the President’s use of emergency powers will temporarily cost Holloman Air Force Base $85 million designated for a drone pilot training facility. And the White Sands Missile Range will also have to wait for a $40 million influx for a data and network center. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists weigh the give-and-take over military support vs. border security, plus reaction from New Mexico’s congressional delegation.

Line Panelists:
Serge Martinez, UNM School of Law
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital

For Further Reading:
Pentagon Lists Projects That Will Be Delayed to Fund Border WallNew York Times

Democrats Will Try to Block Trump’s Border Wall ManeuverU.S. News and World Report

The Line: Militia Group or Vigilantes?

Line Border Update

April 26, 2019 – At New Mexico’s southern border, activities took a new turn recently when the

FBI arrested the leader of a self-proclaimed militia group that has been seen detaining migrants at gunpoint. The Line opinion panel discusses this new development at the border, and host Gene Grant also speaks with the local head of the ACLU about its response.

 

Line Panelists:
Adrian Carver, executive director, Equality New Mexico
Dan Foley, former NM House Republican whip
Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico
Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital

Guest:
Peter Simonson, ACLU New Mexico

For Further Reading:

F.B.I. Arrests Leader of Right-Wing Militia That Detained Migrants in New Mexico – by Simon Romero, The New York Times

Armed vigilantes along border bring national attention – Matthew Reichbach, NM Political Report

Lawyer: Border militia member hospitalized after incident in jail – Angela Kocherga, Albuquerque Journal