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.
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
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.