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The Line: Private Prisons Profiting From Detaining Immigrants

June 29, 2018 – Two private prisons in New Mexico that have made significant profits from detaining immigrants have also contributed to the campaigns of some of the state’s elected officials. After a New Mexico In Depth article printed the names of donation recipients, some of them said they would make donations of the same amount to charitable organizations. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel debate the ethics of that move. They also examine the multi-million dollar business, in often deplorable conditions, of immigrant detention.

Line Panelists:

Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR

Inez Russell Gomez, opinion page editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican

Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter

Stephen Spitz, host of New Mexico People Places and Ideas on KUNM

Our Land, Albuquerque city council races, and the Line panel

NMiF: Our Land logo (Santa Ana)

This week’s New Mexico in Focus features September’s segment in the series “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.” This month highlights wildlife and habitat restoration on Santa Ana Pueblo. The tribe has already undertaken riparian restoration along the Rio Grande and Jemez River and reintroduced species that are culturally significant. They're also studying predators like bears and cougars and expanding habitat restoration projects to new areas. Correspondent Laura Paskus looks at the significance of these efforts for both tribal members and surrounding communities and ecosystems.  

Correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with the candidates in district 7 and district 9 in this year’s city council races in Albuquerque.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists look at New Mexicans’ reaction to President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  They also discuss why New Mexico still tops the nation in reliance on private prisons, and look at reasons behind planned protests at this week’s Entrada re-enactment in Santa Fe.

Gene Grant

Megan Kamerick
Laura Paskus

Studio Guests:
Diane Gibson, District 7 Candidate (Incumbent)
Eric L. Lucero,  District 7 Candidate
Don Harris, District 9 Candidate (Incumbent)
Paul Ryan McKenney, District 9 Candidate
Byron Powdrell, District 9 Candidate 

Line Panelists:          
Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science Department
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law=
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP


New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at www.newmexicoinfocus.org. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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