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Top Stories of 2019: #1 | The Line

Line Border Update

January 3, 2020 – Gene Grant and NMiF’s all-journalist Line panel arrive at the year’s biggest story: the ongoing debate over immigration policy and the U.S.-Mexico border. One of the first official acts of incoming Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was to tour counties along the international border and declare the Trump administration’s tactics tantamount to “fear mongering.” The governor withdrew National Guard troops from their mission at the border, saying there was no evidence of a national security crisis. The state set a spark to the debate at the state level, creating an outcry from conservatives who argued the move made it easier for drug and human smugglers to move into and through New Mexico with impunity. Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis tied to Latin American migration impacted much of the state as cities, counties and the state government debated their responsibility to both taxpayers and those seeking asylum in the United States. Local and state lawmakers debated conditions at detention centers, with some asylees being held outdoors and children being separated from their relatives, and in some cases, dying in U.S. custody.

Line Panelists:
Gwyneth Doland, adjunct professor, UNM Communication & Journalism Dept.
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Jessica Onsurez, news director, Carlsbad Current Argus
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican

For More Information:
Governor Pulls National GuardNPR

Monitoring Conditions at ICE Detention CentersBorder Report

Otero County Declares State of EmergencyAlamogordo Daily News

MALDEF National President Thomas Saenz

November 8, 2019 – Thomas Saenz is the national president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and its general counsel. Saenz has been a key figure in the Martínez/Yazzie v. State of New Mexico lawsuit, the case that is forcing the state to improve the education it provides for certain groups of students. Recently, both groups of plaintiffs asked the court to set more strict deadlines for the state to prove it is making progress. Correspondent Russell Contreras speaks with Saenz about what’s ahead in the case and why MALDEF, established more than 50 years ago, is still needed today. 

Thomas Saenz, MALDEF national president 

For Further Reading:

MALDEF | Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund 

New Yazzie court filings seek more action on educationNew Mexico In Depth