June 28, 2019 – Asking someone being counted in the 2020 census if they are a U.S. citizen is a loaded question. Census law says the government is supposed to count every person living in the United States, not just every citizen. An undercount could mean less federal funding, especially in rural parts of New Mexico. Politics plays a role as well as money, as an undercount could lead to redistricting in our state. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the citizenship question and the mixed decision the U.S. Supreme Court handed down that blocks the question from being added, at least for now.
Michael Barrio, director of advocacy, Prosperity Works
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Dan Foley, former state representative
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm, Inc.
June 14, 2019 – It’s still almost a year before the Census begins, but preparations for the count have begun across New Mexico. In El Cerro Mission, a sparsely developed area east of Los Lunas, many residents are Mexican immigrants. They’ve heard that the Census may ask about their citizenship—and they’re worried. Planners are reaching out to prominent community members for help, hoping to spread the message that New Mexicans have everything to gain when it comes to federal funding that relies on the census, and nothing to lose by being counted.
Guests: Laura Robles, owner of Mana Mini Mart in El Cerro Mission
Valencia County Sheriff Denise Vigil