Tag Archives: Governor Lujan Grisham

The Line: Tariffs on Mexican Goods

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June 7, 2019 – Last week, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he would start imposing a 5 percent tariff on goods from Mexico and would increase the tariff each month (with a cap at 25 percent in October) until Mexico stems the tide of migrants. Governor Lujan Grisham called it a potential economic catastrophe for our state, saying tens of thousands of jobs in New Mexico would be threatened. The tariffs are set to go into effect Monday, June 10, unless they are somehow prevented or postponed. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists weigh in on the tariffs’ potential consequences – and whether they might have an effect opposite to what the president has in mind.

Line Panelists:
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in the UNM Anderson School of Management

For Further Reading:

New Mexico Faces ‘Catastrophic’ Blow if Tariffs Are Levied on Mexico – by Hiram Reisner, InsideSources

GOP senators hope Trump is bluffing on Mexico tariffs so they don’t have to block them – by Jacob Pramuk, CNBC

The Line: Expo New Mexico a Temporary Stay for Some Asylum Seekers

Albuquerque Immigration

May 2, 2019 – While Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber said his city was better equipped to send donations and services to points south rather than host asylum seekers, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and state officials announced that Expo New Mexico is ready to provide temporary housing in its dorms. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel explore different approaches between the cities of Santa Fe and Albuquerque when it comes to sheltering asylum seekers.

Earlier this week, NMiF hosted a Facebook Live interview with Gary Coffin, the vice president of Indivisible Nob Hill, and Jim Gannon, CEO of Catholic Charities, to discuss ways to help asylum seekers. You can watch it on the New Mexico in Focus Facebook page.


Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator

For Further Reading:

Santa Fe mayor: ‘Our hearts were overruled by our heads’ on housing migrants – by Ari Burack, Santa Fe New Mexican

Mayor: Santa Fe won’t be hosting migrants – by Daniel J. Chacón, Santa Fe New Mexican

Governor, Albuquerque mayor: Expo New Mexico will house migrants – by Marian Camacho, KOB 4

Expo NM will open dorms to asylum-seekers – by Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal